Projects

The First Master’s and Ph.D. in Indigenous Science and Peace Studies Program

WISN Founder, Dr. Apela Colorado, signs historic agreement with the United Nations affiliated University for Peace in Costa Rica. This step marks the initiation of the world’s first Master’s and Ph.D. in Indigenous Science and Peace Studies. The program will bring students, Elders, scholars and researchers together creating innovative solutions to some of the world’s […]

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Bushman Renaissance

The re-emergence of the Bushmen, the First People and connectors of heaven and earth and all races, will ripple through time and space to heal humanity. Learn more about the vision of Bushman Healer Lys Kruiper for her people.

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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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Indigenous Science and Peace Studies Master’s degree Program

  INDIGENOUS SCIENCE AND PEACE STUDIES PROGRAM Global catastrophe has spurred the linking of Indigenous Science and Western Science to formulate breakthrough approaches to today’s greatest problems. Whether in policy, land management or the development of innovative technologies, Indigenous Science upends and transforms negative patterns of conventional science and social order. The first inception of […]

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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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Credo Mutwa Research Library

The Credo Mutwa Research Library provides a nexus for Indigenous Science and Western Science to ethically communicate and collaborate. Visit the Library

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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 Background

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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