It is one thing to study a person's life, or that of a people. It is something else entirely to integrate the wisdom of that individual or culture into your own life. This is espeically true where the socialization and indoctrination of one's own culture has imposed itself over another as true and correct, even morally superior. Such is the case where indigenous warriors of North America are portrayed in common culture's education, literature, movies, "public knowledge," and the like.
Indian warriors have suffered much at the ignorance and chauvinism of common culture, which has, ever since contact was first established, prosecuted a multi-part agenda against Native America that continues to this day. Warriors are often portrayed as mindless militants, hotheads incapable of anything other than warfare.
We run into the contradictory fantasies held by common culture about who indian people are; one of the heroic brave willing to sacrifice his own life; the "noble savage." The other a trecherous sub-human not worthy of life. These core ideas have taken a terrible toll on the lifeways, populations, sovereignty, health, spiritual practices, and esteem of native people.
This workshop will bridge the gap between fantasy and reality. More importantly, it will introduce you to the natural ways indigenes perceived the world to maintain emotional and mental balance, and it will help you synthesize the best of both cultures into your life.
Warriors were deeply spiritual and compassionate human beings. And yes, it is true many were prepared to, and did give their lives in defense of their people, lifeways, and territories.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Yet the Indian is often villified by history for standing his ground, questioned and condemned for not immediately accedeing to the European's superiority. Forensic demographers estimate The Holocaust of the Western Hemisphere took some 125,000,000 lives (that's one hundred twenty five million, or about 250,000 per year.) This in about a 500 year period, of which 300 coincided with the 600 year long Catholic Inquisition (the last office redirected in Portugal in 1825.)
How, then, do so many indigenes still maintain we are all sisters and brothers, why do they advocate the truth of Oneness, and that we must find ways to get along if any of us are to survive? There is a small, but positive movement today in the US that has begun to recognize the truth of history and the truth of indigenous people and that is beginning to understand the extreme negative effects of runaway materiality.
If you are interested in developing a spiritual maturity so strong it defies the errant assumptions, inaccurate self-serving history, and skewed self-perceptions of common culture, consider participating in this workshop.
Sunday May 21
This workshop was rescheduled