For millennia, indigenous societies have acted as the guardians of the web of life, and as keepers of the Original Instructions - ancient wisdom that holds all life on Earth as sacred and animated by spirit. As the environmental movement continues to link with First Nations resurgence, indigenous people are emerging as today’s leaders. Professor Melissa Nelson (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Director of The Cultural Conservancy, has edited this powerful collection gathered from the Bioneers Conference, a leading-edge forum of influential environ-mentalists & social visionaries. More than thirty contemporary indigenous leaders such as Chief Oren Lyons, Winona LaDuke and John Trudell share their knowledge on topics as far-ranging yet intrinsically connected as community co-operation, resource management and spiritual education. The root cause of environmental degradation seems to be humanity's disconnect with the natural world as a sentient being and sacred place. The voices in this book focus on re-imagining the world, and restoring ourselves after the fragmentation of colonization. We have all been colonized, and we need to remember who we are and to experience the sacredness of all life. Whatever the ethnicity or religion, a set of Original Instructions can be found at the heart of all traditions. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the creation of a new and more ecologically sound worldview, one that will sustain our society in an era of tumultuous change.
Pegi Eyers is the author of "Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community," a brand-new book that explores strategies for intercultural competency, healing our relationships with Turtle Island First Nations, decolonization, recovering an ecocentric worldview, rewilding, creating a sustainable future and reclaiming peaceful co-existence in Earth Community.