Introduction to Indigenous Wisdom

Instructor: Will Taegel

Western wisdom and society are based on the notion of the primacy of the individual. Indigenous Wisdom is profoundly different: in the indigenous approach to reality each person is first and foremost a part of the tribe, and the tribe is an aspect of the natural world. Indigenous wisdom is offered to introduce the student to the Neo-Copernican Revolution. In the original Copernican Revolution, humans confronted the reality that Earth is not the center of the Solar System. In the Neo-Copernican Revolution, humans confront the reality that they are an aspect of Earth as participators. They are not dominators or stewards. The thesis of the course will outline a return of humans to the circle of life as unveiled in indigenous wisdom. Moreover, the course will orient the student to a speaking of the Mother Tongue, the lost language at the heart of the Natural Order and thus Indigenous Wisdom. This survival skill in our transitional era consists of becoming fluent in the language that links humans to the more-than-human community within a system of ecofields.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  1. Connect emergent science with the arc of indigenous wisdom.
  2. Encounter an indigenous way of knowing, a new epistemology for the current era and experience a return to a ceremonial and intuitive approach to life.
  3. Cultivate an epistemological soil out of which grow survival skills in a climate in chaos.
  4. Stimulate the appetite for a community life/experience where humans are participants rather than dominants in the circle of life.
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