Decolonising Masculinity through Indigenous Thinking#
Colonialism, as an ongoing process, enforced systemic, social structures in which certain types of people are ordered above others. Masculinity too, became a way in which men dominated others, justifying continuing oppression and injustice. In this module, we focus on masculinity as a colonial construct and the intersections of colonialism and gender.
How do the ghosts of an imperial past haunt us in the present? In the spirit of truly decolonising masculinity, we ask: if the solution is not to supplant an oppressive universalism with another, what might we learn from restorying masculinities back into place and culture? Is rootedness the antidote, the decolonial medicine to the toxic masculinities we see today? How do we find our own medicines, right from where we are?
In this module, we dialogue with Indigenous guests who reframe some of the most intractable paradoxes in the “culture wars” by offering perspectives that include multiplicity. Crucially, it is not that Indigenous thinking ought to be romanticised, but that it offers precolonial, anticolonial and decolonial stories of masculinity.
Ian MacKenzie #
Ian MacKenzie is a filmmaker and writer who lives on the Salish Sea with his partner and young son. For over 12 years, he’s been tracking the global emergence of new culture. From the desert of Burning Man to the heart of Occupy Wall St, he has sought and amplified the voices of visionaries, artists and activists who have been working toward planetary system change. He is most known for his films Sacred Economics, Amplify Her, Occupy Love, and Lost Nation Road. He has studied with Stephen Jenkinson at the Orphan Wisdom School since 2012, and Tamera Healing Biotope since 2015. In 2019, he founded The Mythic Masculine podcast and in 2020 he launched A Gathering of Stories.
Ke’oni Hanalei #
Ke’oni is just one of only a handful of practitioners who have access and are willing to share this ancient archaic knowledge. Pua’aehuehu, Fern Medicine, or emotional intelligence—one aspect of this ‘ike, the legacy of his lineage—the awareness of the movement of emotions, and the release from control fixation. Ke’oni is also versed in ancient primal, meditative, and movement practices, and the comprehension of familial and lineal wisdom through the reading of the nervous system and DNA.