Climate Crisis and Native American Sacred Geography
This class will address the global ecological crisis confronting humanity today by looking at the wisdom and practices of native Americans. A core perceptional theme flows from Chief Seattle’s final testament: “Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” Interconnections of all existence, especially between two-legged and Mother Earth will be emphasized. Specific topics to be explored will include the Medicine Wheel as the philosophical axis of native ecology with an emphasis on the sacred # 4, the meaning of the circle, and the importance of breath and silence to healing of the planet. Other Native practices embodying Oneness/Wholeness with Mother Earth will involve discussing the healing properties of the Sweat Lodge, the Pipe Ceremony, and the importance of the divine feminine as reflected in the Story of White Buffalo Calf Women who brought to the Lakota their 7 sacred ceremonies. Upon leaving this class the interconnected geography between us and Mother Earth will be significantly expanded as we come to the awareness that the Earth is alive, that it moves and feels as we do, and that if we and Mother Earth are to survive, a personal and not commercial relationship must prevail.
Date & Time
November 8, 2019
10:00AM - 12:00PM