Contextualising Indigenous Languages for Troubled Times
For most of human existence, humanity has been on the path of “original instructions”, but in the past few centuries, decades and now years, humanity is Earth-distancing with a language of lack and deficit, as opposed to abundance. For many of us who are beginning to awaken, it is important for us to be humble and respectful in understanding that we are not discovering anything new. We are returning to the continuum with cognisance anchored in Indigenous consciousness… the Indigeneity within all of us. Today nearly all of us are disconnected from the Indigenous Way. Thus we are disconnected from our hearts and perceive primarily through the mind. Our thinking is therefore fragmented and operates as separate from others and Earth, and often seeks to extract from the world and others for our own benefit. What can the language of kinship teach us about giving back, about reciprocity, and about being a good relative in these times of fatal estrangement from both our own lives, and the more-than human world?
This course is part of Week 6 of the KINSHIP Online Course. In Week 6, we dive into The More-Than-Human.
This week we are exploring the more-than-human in our conceptions of kinship. We will look at how the “new animism” may offer pathways towards healthier relationships (and a sense of deep belonging) with the more-than-human world. We will look at the notion of personhood, and explore how respect, acknowledgment, and reciprocity plays a role in our relations with the more-than-human world.
We will draw attention to the relationships with the more-than-human that are already there, waiting to be discovered wherever you are. Additionally, we will ask: can we belong to a more-than-human ecosystem? And how do the biotic and abiotic dimensions of our life affect the ways in which we relate? (is technology more-than-human?)
KINSHIP: An Online Course
Tiokasin Ghosthorse #
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is from the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota. He is the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio on Pacific Radio. Tiokasin has been described as a ‘spiritual agitator, natural rights organiser, Indigenous thinking process educator and a community activator’.