Mapping a New Geography of Hope With Native America
Op-Ed by Neenah Payne
Dr. Zach Bush’s Urgent Prescription To Save America shows that Dr. Zach Bush warns that we are in the Sixth Great Extinction now and human survival depends on the urgent restoration of our soils to provide the nutritious foods we need. Water Is Life Festival: September 4 reports on how desperate the situation is becoming now as California (which provides 50% of America’s fruits and vegetables) is going through a record drought. Lake Meade is drying up — threatening several states in the Southwest now.
Professor Mattias Desmet is the author of The Psychology of Totalitarianism.
Why Joe Rogan’s Interviews on Mass Psychosis “Broke The Internet” shows that when Rogan interviewed Dr. Robert Malone, he introduced Professor Desmet’s concept of “Mass Formation (Psychosis) to the public and the internet went wild. In the interview INSIDE THE MIND OF THE MASSES (video) with Del Bigtree, host of The Highwire which airs online Thursdays from 2-4 PM ET, Prof. Desmet explained that “science” has become an orthodoxy that resists questions — like the religious orthodoxy of the Catholic Church it initially challenged.
The West Must Change Its Mind To Survive Now
In TUCKER CARLSON TODAY – MASS FORMATION PSYCHOSIS – MATTIAS DESMET, Carlson said it was his best interview. Professor Desmet explained that loneliness is the root cause of the Mass Formation (psychosis) that led so many people to accept the official COVID narrative without question. He explains in his interviews and in book that the West got off on the wrong track during the Enlightenment when science became based solely on the physical world and ignored the spiritual reality.
Amazon says about Prof. Desmet’s book:
The world is in the grips of mass formation―a dangerous, collective type of hypnosis―as we bear witness to loneliness, free-floating anxiety, and fear giving way to censorship, loss of privacy, and surrendered freedoms. It is all spurred by a singular, focused crisis narrative that forbids dissident views and relies on destructive groupthink.
Prof. Desmet does not mention the cause or cure for loneliness. However, it is not loneliness in the sense of separation from other people. Many people who are surrounded by family and friends (not isolated/lonely) fell for the official COVID narrative. Instead, it is an existential loneliness which comes from a lack of meaning that is explained further below.
The West has been driven by an insatiable greed for at least 500 years. Capitalism is based on the expectation of endless growth on a finite planet — a physical impossibility. That leaves people feeling empty and without purpose, but most don’t know what the options are beyond just striving to get “more”. In the 1987 film Wall Street, Gordon Gecko, played by Michael Douglas, told us “Greed is good”! Forbes celebrates billionaires each year — no matter how they made their money. The West lost the soul that guides indigenous cultures and connects them to Mother Earth and to a spiritual understanding of themselves, the world, and the universe.
Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day? explains that in 2021 over a dozen states replaced “Columbus Day” with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” and Biden became the first president to commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. However, most Americans and Europeans still believe Columbus “discovered” a continent where millions of people had been living for tens of thousands of years — some in civilizations more advanced than those of Europe. Most Westerners still refer to this hemisphere as “the new world” when it was new only to Europeans. This term implies that only Europeans and their worldview matter.
The Myth of White Supremacy
Columbus Day is followed by Thanksgiving Day. Why We Must Be Honest This Thanksgiving shows that Thanksgiving Day is a Day of Mourning for many Native Americans because what it commemorates is not a shared feast but genocide. So, we go from celebrating the theft of the hemisphere on Columbus Day to celebrating the genocide of Native America on Thanksgiving! All of that is unconsciously justified by The Myth of White Supremacy which says only Europeans contributed anything of value to civilization. Everyone else is not really human and have no rights — not even the right to their land or to life. That is despite The Declaration of Independence which proclaims, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
The Myth of White Supremacy and the theft of the continent and genocide it seeks to justify denies the historical reality i.e., it is based on lies. When Moors Rescued Europe From The Dark Ages shows that had the Moors not ruled Spain from 711 to 1492, Europe might still be in the Dark Ages today. Spain and the other European nations would not have had the literacy, maps, ships, or guns that allowed them to steal the Western Hemisphere and Australia and enslave Africa. There would have been no Renaissance or Enlightenment. However, instead of sharing the gift of knowledge it was given, the first people Spain enslaved were the Moors!
Importance of Remembering Origins of US Constitution shows the deep debt America owes to Native America. Amazon says about Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World by anthropologist Jack Weatherford:
After 500 years, the world’s huge debt to the wisdom of the Indians of the Americas has finally been explored in all its vivid drama by anthropologist Jack Weatherford. He traces the crucial contributions made by the Indians to our federal system of government, our democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture, and ecology, and in this astonishing, ground-breaking book takes a giant step toward recovering a true American history.
Amazon says about Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America:
Conventional American history holds that the white settlers of the “New World” re-created the societies they had known in England, France, and Spain. But Weatherford brilliantly shows the Europeans grafted their civilization onto the deep and nourishing roots of Native American customs and beliefs. Our place names, our farming and hunting techniques, our crafts, the very blood that flows in our veins — all derive from American Indians ways that we consistently fail to see.
The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of The Pharaohs shows it would be hard to overstate the impact of Egyptian culture on Europe — but credit is falsely given to the ancient Greeks to support The Myth of White Supremacy.
Gandy points out:
The correct memory of who we are, where we’ve come from is essential to understanding who we are right now, and where we are going. We live in a culture that has been so bowdlerized by the Christian takeover which has endured for a couple thousand years and has given us a completely mistaken identity of who we are. Our memory is wrong. Your memory is your identity. Without a correct memory, we don’t know who we are or where we’re going. So, for me, history is a sacred science. Also, it is about giving credit where credit is due.
The Great Reset: Arrogance and Greed on Steroids
The Myth of White Supremacy holds that Europeans and their descendants have the rights over other peoples (and species) and no responsibilities. That belief system has led us to the Sixth Extinction Event which threatens the survival of life on Earth now.
Europeans received the gift of civilization from ancient Egypt. We are basically living in ancient Egypt now because the US Founding Fathers so worshipped it — and knew it was Black. Yet, since President Jefferson defeated the Moors in 1804, Westerners have claimed that ancient Greece was the origin of their civilization. The West has denied the civilization-changing gifts from Egypt, the Moors, and Native America to maintain The Myth of White Supremacy. It returned those profound gifts with slavery, theft of continents, and genocide. Western arrogance and greed has known no bounds.
Now, an unelected so-called “elite”, the globalists, want to take everything from everyone. They have used the COVID “health” policies to undermine our economy, supply chains, food supply, governments, and rights. Now, they want to force humanity to merge with Artificial Intelligence!
The alienation of the West is reaching new (possibly irreversible) extremes with the plans for The Great Reset proposed by the unelected Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum. The WEF site tells us “By 2030, you will own nothing and be happy”. In other words, the globalists now openly plan to steal everything! Schwab says COVID is an “opportunity” to impose this policy on the world. Schwab is the author of The Great Reset and The Fourth Industrial Revolution.
He assures us that our jobs will be replaced by Artificial Intelligence. In fact, Schwab and Israeli author Yuval Harari tell us that they know more than God and will re-engineer humanity. Schwab says AI will change not only what we do — but who we are! Harari’s site says:
History began when humans invented gods, and will end when humans become gods.
The shocking article COVID UPDATE: What is the truth? by Dr. Russell Blaylock shows the extent of the COVID fraud used to justify ushering in The Great Reset.
How Western Culture Creates Existential Loneliness
Professor Robin Wall Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. She holds a BS in Botany from SUNY ESF, an MS and PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology. As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.
Professor Kimmerer explains in the video below that the Western worldview creates a crisis of loneliness. This is the existential loneliness that Professor Desmet says leads to the “Mass Formation” (psychosis) that fuels the kind of totalitarianism we saw during COVID. Professor Kimmerer says the world stands now at a fork in the road. She explains what is required to walk down the Road Less Traveled By now.
Regaining Connection: Rights vs. Responsibilities
John Trudell, the Santee Sioux leader of the American Indian Movement, said “We are all Indians now”. In Take Back The Earth, Trudell explained why people feel powerless and how to regain our power. He believed the West lost its humanity not with the Enlightenment that objectified science, but during the 600 years (1198-1808) of the brutal Inquisition.
In the video below, Professor Kimmerer explains that when the US Founding Fathers studied with the Haudenosaunee, they came up with the Bill of Rights. However, she explains, that from the Native American perspective, it would make more sense to draft a Bill of Responsibilities.
Professor Kimmerer explains that her Haudenosaunee neighbors say,
Human beings are the younger brothers and sisters of Creation. We haven’t been here nearly as long as the plants. So, that notion of humility — understanding the rest of the world as our teachers — is a profound change. Thinking of yourselves as the Younger Brothers of Creation instead of Masters of the Universe is a kind of cultural transformation that we need to have.
Professor Kimmerer points out that in 2009, President Evo Morales of Bolivia presented The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth to the United Nations. However, while the US grants personhood and rights to corporations, it does not to plants, animals, rivers, or the Earth. In that sense, the West is living in an inanimate, dead world. It is no wonder then that it is killing off one species after another — and now humanity itself is at risk. She explains that it’s only since the Colonial Era and Industrial Revolution that the world has gotten out of balance.
Robin Wall Kimmerer takes us on a guided nature tour of Clark Reservation State Park in Jamesville, NY as Spring welcomes back migrating creatures and sends a message to wake up those who have taken a Winter rest. This video was commissioned by The Commons at the University of Kansas.
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.
The Commons at the University of Kansas is a catalyst for unconventional thinking, interdisciplinary inquiry, and unexpected discoveries across the sciences, arts, and humanities.
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants received the 2014 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. By 2021, over 500,000 copies had been sold worldwide…. In 2022 Dr. Kimmerer was awarded the Macarthur ‘genius’ award.
The book has been a word-of-mouth best seller and hit the New York Times Best Seller List.
How Native America Can Save The West — Again
Foraging With “Wildman” Steve Brill and Violet reports on my foraging trip in Prospect Park last December which was quite wonderful. However, foraging was taken to a new level in Week 6 of the 10-week Earth Matter Compost and Farm Apprenticeship Program on Governor’s Island this fall. Before we went foraging on October 22, we were asked to watch the video below to learn the concept of The Honorable Harvest. Understanding the Native American perspective of foraging adds a much deeper understanding and is a much richer experience.
Indigenous peoples worldwide honor plants, not only as our sustainers, but as our oldest teachers who share teachings of generosity, creativity, sustainability, and joy. By their living examples, plants spur our imaginations of how we might live. By braiding indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with modern tools of botanical science, Robin Kimmerer, professor of Environmental Science and Forestry, of Potawatomi ancestry, explores the question: “If plants are our teachers, what are their lessons, and how might we become better students”?
Robin Kimmerer is a professor at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She is a member of the Potawatomi Tribe ) “People of the Place of the Fire” and spoke a few words in the Potawatomi language, a member of the Algonquin family. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is the federally-recognized government and represents over 37,000 tribal members. It acts under a ratified Constitution and includes executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The Potawatomi are located in the western Great Lakes region, upper Mississippi River, and Great Plains.
Professor Kimmerer often speaks of the choice between two paths. In many videos and her books, she shares the wisdom of the Native American perspective. We are very blessed to still have these ancient cultures. However, most Americans ignore the 500 Native Nations in this hemisphere like a Big Pink Elephant in the living room. Yet, many of our states, cities, rivers, etc. carry Native American names. Even the name “American” was originally used by the colonists to refer to the indigenous peoples of this hemisphere. When the US Founding Fathers declared independence from Britain, they adopted the name for themselves and established the United States of America.
The Honorable Harvest
What does ethical reciprocity between humans and the natural world look like? The Honorable Harvest reminds us how to take, use and share while mindfully honoring the indigenous legacies that teach us how to commune with our planet. Featuring Robin Wall Kimmerer, Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
An Equal (Superior?) System of Knowledge
The DVD Amazonia: Healing With Sacred Plants is available in Instant View on Amazon.com. It shows the sacred relationship with “plant teachers” and plant medicines that has been lost in the West. It allows the viewer to experience the power of the shamans and plants to heal individuals and cultures on the deepest physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.
Professor Kimmerer points out that as a botanist, she was trained to think that what cannot be measured does not exist and to objectify plants. However, her Native American background taught her that she can learn directly from plants. The West is just beginning to discover that there is an equal (superior?) system of knowledge based on a more collaborative relationship with Nature.
Robert Tindall says in The Jaguar that Roams the Mind: An Amazonian Plant Spirit Odyssey that Swiss ethnobotanist and anthropologist Jeremy Narby, author of Intelligence in Nature and The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, worked with Juan Flores Salazar, the Ashaninka shaman shown below.
Westerners have been flocking to the Amazon to drink ayahuasca, the mother of plants, with shamans.
Narby brought three molecular biologists to Flores’s center for traditional medicine…to see whether, in sessions with ayahuasca, they could ‘obtain biomolecular information’ in their fields of research….the three biologists all agreed they had received information about their paths of research. The two female biologists also reported ‘contact with ‘plant teachers,’ which they experienced as independent entities,’ an experience that ‘shifted their way of understanding reality. All three research scientists expressed great respect for Juan’s skill and knowledge; he had been able to orient them so quickly to the realm of visions and facilitate their extraction of useful scientific knowledge from the visionary state.
Indigenous Cultures Best Preserve Biodiversity
Drug companies know the value of indigenous botanical and medical knowledge. However, they exploit it rather than help ensure its survival. The article Bioprospecting and Biopiracy in the Americas by Teo Ballvé says:
A study by ethnobotanist Darrel Posey published in 1990 estimated that the annual world market for medicines derived from medicinal plants discovered from indigenous peoples was $43 billion. However, writes Posey, “less than 0.001% of the profits from drugs that originated from traditional medicine have ever gone to the indigenous peoples who led researchers to them.”
Ayahuasca drinkers and drug companies rely on the wisdom of shamans — but rarely give anything back. Meanwhile, oil companies, gold companies, soybean farms, and others are destroying the Amazon and other rainforests that are the homes of these shamans. There’s a growing emphasis on combating “climate change” and protecting the fragile environment. Yet, little attention is paid to the great job indigenous cultures are doing.
Science Daily reports in Biodiversity highest on Indigenous-managed lands:
More than one million plant and animal species worldwide are facing extinction, according to a recent United Nations report. Now, a new study suggests that Indigenous-managed lands may play a critical role in helping species survive.
Lands managed by indigenous people possess the greatest levels of biodiversity. This is according to a study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and published in the journal Environmental Science & Policy.
The team compared levels of biodiversity in 15,621 areas across three of the largest countries in the world – Australia, Brazil, and Canada. The size of the area did not appear to have much of an impact on species diversity. Neither did geographical location. Instead, what seemed to have the biggest influence on biodiversity was its management.
The results of the study show that land managed (or co-managed) by indigenous communities contained the highest levels of biodiversity. Protected areas (parks, wildlife reserves etc) came second, while those that were unprotected and selected at random came third. “We looked at three countries with very different climates and species, to see if the pattern held true across these different regions – and it did,” co-author Ryan Germain, a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University, said in a statement.
Importance of The Original Instructions
November is American Indian Heritage Month — a good time to learn more about these ancient cultures whose guidance we need now to survive.
In the 2008 video below, actor Floyd Red Crow Westerman said Native Americans were told that they would see America come and go. He said, “In a sense, America is dying from within because they forgot the instructions on how to live on Earth”. He warned that people who do not know how to live spiritually on Earth likely will not make it. He explained that when Columbus came, that started the true First World War. By WWII, the indigenous population of the Americas had dropped from 60 million to 800,000! The Native American population in the US is currently 4.5 million.
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