Dreaming, Elders, and the Languague of the Land

For the past couple of weeks the Elders have been visiting me in my dreams on a regular basis. The other night they came, showing me charts of climate change and speaking about our contemporary loss of languages with which to interact with the Land. “Who are you,” they asked, “if you can’t speak with the Land?” “How can you possibly hope to understand your life if you have no language that roots you in Place?” Continue reading

Assault on Native Sacred Lands

Greed always seems to undermine promises. Nowhere has this been more true than in the relationship between First Nations people and Federal governments in the Americas. This week growing protests have brought the Tar Sands of Alberta and the San Fransisco Peaks of the Four Corners into the news. These regions have massive reserves of coal and oil. Protests are also under way in Sonoma County, CA, where the lands produce grapes rather than oil.  All of these proposed or ongoing developments will destroy the sacred lands of many tribes, and will displace large numbers of tribal people. They will also destroy invaluable wildlands, and the oil production will dramatically contribute to global climate change. Native people in the U.S. and Canada are united in large scale protest. Continue reading

Notable Blogs: 4/1/2011

Welcome to another addition of Notable Blogs. If there is a focus in today’s post, it is  justice. This keeps with a theme in recent posts, namely the need for a Just Therapy, and an awareness by clinicians that social and economic forces act to limit the options of many clients, especially Indigenous people. Healers and elders know this, but many clinicians underestimate the effects of history on Indigenous people.

We begin with the arts! Continue reading

Notable Blogs: 2/18/2011

Today the temperature is in the low 50’s. Most of the day has been dominated by bright sunshine, now dimming behind increasing clouds. Earlier this afternoon I went for my first snowshoe of the winter. Beautiful!

Periodically, I post about blogs I find particularly meaningful. This week’s Notable Blogs  opens with an invitation to visit a lovely and inspiring site: Shuswap Watershed Project. Continue reading