This Bioneers Collection speaks to the elemental connection between people and place in the context of the practical knowledge and cultural wisdom of our “old-growth” indigenous cultures. It vibrantly speaks to how all people can “re-indigenize” ourselves to our common home on planet Earth, as well as to our immediate community and bioregion, ecologically and culturally. These visionary indigenous leaders offer ways we can reinvent culture so that we can re-learn local, place-based ways to take care of human needs while sustaining the gifts of the Earth for future generations.
These remarkable presentations by globally recognized indigenous leaders show how indigenous peoples are providing critically important leadership and insights into Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). This empirical “indigenous science” is specific to place, earned over generations of careful observation and cumulative collective cultural knowledge. To meet today’s challenges of globalized collapse that no society has ever faced before, indigenous science offers a different way of knowing that provides a crucial complement to the tools of Western science.
These leaders also illuminate what First Peoples sometimes call “The Original Instructions,” guiding principles, values, ethics, social processes and tools for how a culture or society can organize itself in relation to place, embody kinship, and practice peace. They teach us how to be a good human being in right relationship to the web of life and each other.
The Indigeneity Collection highlights how old-growth cultures have learned to live for the long haul in relative balance with natural systems. They are the guardians of lands that contain as much as 80 percent of the world’s remaining biodiversity, and protecting biocultural diversity is essential to conserve lands, species, traditional knowledge and ancient cultures.
The Indigeneity Collection is rich with both ancient wisdom and contemporary adaptive strategies that are of crucial importance for all people today seeking to create a sustainable, just and wise world.
“All of the survival techniques we learned about our relations to cultivars and everything at this hour stands in peril. And our relationship to wild plan...View»
“I believe that plants have a role to play in promoting wellness. I believe that they can be used to treat many conditions. A couple of examples: they use...View»
“What I’ve been telling folks is that climate change is the civil rights issue of my generation. It impacts virtually every segment of society, incl...View»
“Today, we are 1,300 Surui. Before first contact, we were 5,000. That really woke us up because we knew that if we didn’t do anything, our people co...View»