Ancient Spirit Rising contains two main sections, “Stolen Treasure“ and “Authentic Treasure.” In Part One, the author discusses cultural appropriation, colonialism, race and racism in spiritual and cultural contexts, as well as thought-provoking discussions of Neo-Pagan and New Age “theft” of aspects of
native spiritualities. Pagans “not of ancestral origin” who live in North America, Australia, and other countries are faced with the baffling conundrum of how to walk respectfully on an earth-honoring path without harming those whose land it is. As a result, the book may be of special service to leaders of Neo-Pagan traditions, as they contemplate the ways in which they incorporate various elements into their practices. Eyers presents many interesting quotes and useful endnotes from a wide variety of academic and indigenous sources, and her passion for respecting native cultures is evident throughout.
Sharon Paice MacLeod, or Sharynne MacLeod NicMhacha is a Celticist, Grant-funded Researcher, Teacher, Gaelic Singer & Professional Musician, Ban-fili and author of Celtic Myth and Religion: A Study of Traditional Belief, The Divine Feminine in Ancient Europe, and Queen of the Night: Rediscovering the Celtic Moon Goddess.
Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community is an award-winning book that explores strategies for neurodecolonization, social justice, ethnocultural identity, building land-emergent community & resilience in times of massive change.