We Don’t Know the Stories Here

This land does not belong to us. It is not ours.

We don’t know the stories here.

Our ignorant bliss offends and desecrates.

We remain an enemy to all life.

This is a hard understanding because it asks us to stop and consider how blindly we walk on stolen land that is not ours. We are newcomers to lands that have been lived and loved on for many thousands of years and since creation itself. Continue reading

Ancestral Recovery Yields Pre-Neolithic Calendar


Download the calendar poster (21 in x 28 in) in PDF format.

This image represents an annual cycle of deeply held, seasonal activities and movements (lifeway) for at least one band of moon-worshiping,  Aquitainian (proto-Basque) speaking hunter gatherers of the Atlantic margin of France (see map) prior to their displacement by neolithic cultures.  This information has been gathered over the last fifteen years through a process of ancestral recovery. Continue reading

The Uncomfortable, Unavoidable, Troublesome & Totally Inconvenient Understanding About Indigenous Language, Culture & Identity

Our language is like a pearl inside a shell. The shell is like the people that carry the language. If our language is taken away, then that would be like a pearl that is gone. We would be like an empty oyster shell.
Yurranydjil Dhurrkay, Galiwin’ku, North East Arnhem Land

whitepeopleshellsThe understanding shared in the quote above spells trouble for spiritual seeking settlers, neo-pagans, and those pursuing ancestral recovery work.

Indigenous knowledge about the living power and presence of Indigenous languages creates visible boundaries that give us insight into what we have lost as individuals from a people, from a place – and how modern equivocating of spiritual practices or cultural re-imagining based in english are missing an integral component to their wholeness, connection, and honesty. Continue reading

Possible Settler Positioning in Movements of Indigenous Solidarity & Ancestral Recovery


This poster imagines the complex and changing positioning of settlers who may seek balance with Indigenous needs of solidarity and reparative action as well as the growing demands of place-based reconnection and cultural restoration brought about by an authentic ancestral recovery movement. This poster focuses on settlers of european heritage on Turtle Island but could apply to other european settlers across the world.

Some of this poster comes from real-world experiences and observations, and some of it is theoretical.  There are certainly other possible outcomes not illustrated here.

What do you think? What are other possible paths and outcomes you envision?