Projects

Research Begins at Sacred Sites

Sacred sites are conveners of indigenous science. The architecture of these spaces embodies teachings and demonstrates indigenous science insights and wisdom. To begin preliminary research for organizational collaboration in jaguar conservation in Mexico, WISN travelled to Oaxaca to meet with Mixteca cultural practitioner, artist and musician, Ernesto Olmos. Olmos invited WISN team members Beth Duncan […]

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The Indigenous Mind Program

  WHAT IS THE IM PROGRAM? IM is a ceremony and academic program. Students engage deeply with the ancestors, the story of their people and their homelands. Coursework and intensives are enriched by: the wisdom, guidance and mentorship of Indigenous Elders journey to an ancestral homeland the innovative use of technology as ‘witness’ to one’s […]

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WISN presents at Archaeoacoustics Conference: Portugal Oct.2017

Archaeoacoustics is the study of how sound and vibration is an intrinsic element of natural and built environments. Since sound and vibration have the power to modify, entrain and transform human consciousness, WISN supports original archaeoacoustic research as an aspect of indigenous science.

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Ceremony

Ceremony is an integral part of all WISN’s work. When describing the attributes of ceremony, Western literature explains ceremony in psychological terms: ceremony connects the outer world with the inner world. For indigenous peoples, when the outer and inner worlds connect we are one with the environment and life, have access to more information and […]

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WISN Principles of Elder Networking

NETWORKING IS ORGANIZED AROUND THESE PRINCIPLES: Elders, healers, sacred site guardians who are adept in indigenous wisdom are to hold the center or take the lead in Networking activities. Sacred Sites and life forms within and about the Sites are integral partners in Networking. Networking activities are inclusive. Communities and nature are vital participants. Networking […]

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Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa Research Library

The Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa research library provides a resource hub for researchers of all disciplines to enter into the wealth of what indigenous science has to offer (see What is Indigenous Science?). WISN provides this collections of works the public for the purpose of broadening the baseline data of Western Science. We wish to honor […]

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Mobile Addictions Treatment Program for Khomani San Bushmen

Khomani San Bushmen are in crisis. Moved from their ancestral lands and no longer able to live in their traditional ways, they are dying from addictions and related trauma. WISN is working with the Bushmen to bring a Mobile Addictions Treatment program, to help them reclaim their health and identity.

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Preservation of Indigenous Language

  Jean-Paul Auriac offers an invocation in Occitane, welcoming the WISN team to the sacred sites of Dordogne, France. Occitane is an ancient language of Languedoc once widely spoken in the South of France. In the interest of imposing an official language throughout France, Occitan was actively discouraged and suppressed (often-times violently) causing Occitan to go […]

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WISN Partners with the Yawanawa to Protect Jaguars

Under threat of poaching, habitat loss and fragmentation, jaguar populations are increasingly at risk. In Acre, Brazil, the Yawanawa have committed to protecting their central sacred species.

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Snow Leopard Project, Altai Republic, Siberia

Most Central Asian people have all but forgotten that the snow leopard and the rituals, knowledge and Sacred Sites that held the teachings about the snow leopard, comprise a way of unity.

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Global Networking of Elders, Sacred Site Guardians, Healers, and Shamans

Indigenous Healers, Sacred Site Guardians, and their knowledge are endangered. Destruction of the environment, loss of traditional lands, fundamentalist religious pressures, poverty, and increasing Westernization mean that today’s Cultural Practitioners are the last generation to be raised in an unbroken cultural chain.

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Sacred Fire in Kyrgyzstan

WISN and Kyrgyz Elders reignited the Uluu Ot, or fire ceremony, historically suppressed for more than eighty years.

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Indigenous Science Research

Dr. Apela Colorado was among the first generation of Native Americans to receive a Ph.D. from a leading US university (Brandeis). In her doctoral dissertation she coined the term “indigenous science” and used it in an effort to create a bridge of understanding between Western science and indigenous knowledge.

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An Unprecedented Conversation with Rodney Jackson

Snow Leopard scientist and expert Rodney Jackson in his own words.

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Western and Indigenous Science Unite to Conserve the Snow Leopard

The video documents an historic, five-day gathering of Western scientists and indigenous cultural practitioners in Kyrgyzstan, merging Western and indigenous approaches to scientific knowledge.

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