The overall theme, Returning to the Land, is a clarion call for us to change how we see ourselves within and in relationship with the Living Earth and other life-forms. Using a cultural lens, we examine the Western culture and contrast it with the original culture of the Indigenous peoples. The big question is: How do we bridge these contrasting worldviews and heal from our shared colonial history and heritage?
The topics are listed below with their registration links. You are invited to register for all four, although it is not required. Nia will recommend short readings for each program. A contribution of $20 to $50 is recommended, with a minimum of $5.
MODULE 1: CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES – January 13
3:30 to 5:00 eastern time, 12:30 to 2:00 pacific time
Very rarely are we made aware of how we look out at the world. This module discusses how the American cultural perspective is one of many ways to look at the world. Culture is multidimensional with visible and invisible aspects. As we describe the Western culture and understand its various dimensions, it helps us better understand ourselves and other cultures. The reading entitled The Worldwide Web of Belief and Ritual is authored by Wade Davis, cultural anthropologist for National Geographic.