Migration and connection through time. A WISN production.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.