Apology to Students of Native Residential Schools
On June 11, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued an historic apology to former students of native residential schools. "The treatment of children in Indian residential schools is a sad chapter in our history. Today, we recognize that this policy of assimilation was wrong, has caused great harm, and has no place in our country." Read the article and watch videos from cbcnews.ca.
A sanctuary was created in the Colombian rain forest after an initiative was launched by indigenous shamans, including the late FSS Living Treasure, Taita Fernando Mendúa Queta. The Orito Ingi-Ande Medicinal Flora Sanctuary encompasses 10,626 hectares of biologically-rich tropical rain forest ranging in altitude from 700 to 3300 meters above sea level. The sanctuary will conserve biodiversity, health, and culture in South American rain forests. Read the article from mongabay.com.
Russian Villagers Practice Ancient Rituals
A group of Russians have set up a village where they live on their home-grown food and practice pre-Christian Slavic traditions. Their lifestyle is just a short train ride away from Moscow. The video contains interesting images of offerings to deities and divination. Watch the video from Russia Today. Submitted by Timothy Flynn, FSS Three-Year program graduate, Santa Cruz, California.
Indigenous Grandmothers Speak
Thirteen indigenous grandmothers – elders, shamans, medicine women – gather in response to prophesy, called together to share their sacred wisdom and practices. View the inspiring video introduction to a film in progress. Watch the video from The Laughing Willow Co., Inc. Submitted by Susan Smith, FSS Three-Year program graduate, Fremont, California.
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Messages from the Stones
According to some traditions, the mineral world is the holder of stories, the repository of memory. These stories remind us of our profound immersion in a web of relationship. My co-creative collaboration with the mineral world begins at the stone yard, where I allow a stone to attract me. Once home, I sit with it and talk sweetly to it, inviting the spirit in the stone to reveal to me what wants to be brought forth.
At this time, perhaps our whole society is being called upon to discern what is essential to life in harmony with nature, the elements, each other – what is truly life-sustaining. Our collective task then may be to carve away our excesses, our toxic by-products, our life-threatening indulgences, so that we can co-create with a nature a new way of life that is well-formed and impeccably in balance. Christina Bertea, excerpted from Shamanism, Spring/Summer 2003, Vol. 16, No. 1. Christina is a sculptor, Three-Year program graduate, and Certified Shamanic Counselor™ (Harner Method).
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