cantetenza1Decolonization trainings/skill-shares are outreach offerings as a part of the Lakota Cante Tenza Okolakiciye or Strong Heart Warrior Society. Trainings/skill-shares are freely available to both Native and settler groups wishing to explore decolonization in more detail.

Ideally, a comprehensive decolonization skill-share takes 1-3 days with additional follow-up, and is best done conversationally outdoors, in nature.  Shorter presentations are available but will only be introductory.

Decolonization presentations exclusively for Native groups and communities are done in conjunction with Lakota Cante Tenza warrior leader Canupa Gluha Mani. They involve multi-day group meetings and follow-up relationship building.   

Please contact Ana to arrange a skill-share or to discuss any questions.

Decolonization for White Settlers

This is an in-depth, intensive set of conversations. Each of these sessions can last from 4-6 hours and can be spread out over 2-3 days or longer.  Participants are asked to commit to all three sessions.

For settlers of euro-american origin, but welcoming of anyone engaged in decolonization, Indigenous solidarity, or ancestral recovery work. This is a three session, intensive skill-share covering a wide-range of topics related to decolonization.

1 – Unsettling White Privilege:  This conversation provocatively examines colonization and decolonization, white privilege, white evasions from decolonization, and white settler positioning with Indigenous peoples.

2 – Ancestral Recovery:  This conversation explores traditional lifeways, Indigenous thought and philosophy, and practical and healthy steps to recovering ancestral knowledge and relationships.

3 – Decolonization & Resistance:  This session puts the first two conversations together to explore deep decolonization with the intention of creating relationships of integrity with Turtle Island’s Indigenous peoples and life forms.

Decolonization & Ancestral Recovery

This skill-share is suitable for evening and day-long events. Three hours is a good minimum time for this skill-share.

Primarily for settlers of euro-american origin, but welcoming of anyone engaged in decolonization, Indigenous solidarity, or ancestral recovery work. We will consider how to honor our varied stories while creating relationships of integrity with this continent’s Indigenous peoples and life forms.  This skill-share moves beyond theory and explores the practical and deep process of finding our ancestors, regaining a lost sense of place and lifeway, and most critically – the liberating process of healing our hearts and spirits so that we may begin to create right relationship with Indigenous peoples.  This is real information taught using western and traditional styles that has the power to unsettle the euro-centric mind and change your life.

This decolonization skill-share will consider the following understandings:

  • What is colonization and what defines a colonial worldview?
  • What is decolonization?
  • Why decolonize?
  • Practical steps to a decolonization process
  • Centering Indigenous sovereignty and resistance
  • Seeing clearly – obstacles to decolonization, including movements towards settler innocence

Decolonization & Independence

This presentation begins at about 2-3 hours in length and can expand from there.

This is a presentation of the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society with headman Canupa Gluha Mani and Ana Oian Amets.  For both Native and non-Native groups. We will share a variety of perspectives beginning with an introduction to decolonization and growing into provocative looks at real-life applications of decolonization through  Indigenous sovereignty and independence.  This presentation will be challenging to euro-centric minds and will directly confront systems of white and settler privilege.  The reward: a powerful move towards freedom!

Other Skill Shares

In addition to decolonization, Ana has also presented extensively on effective and culturally appropriate  Indigenous solidarity work including the obstacles that exist for effective solidarity and mutual aid by non-natives with Indigenous peoples.

Ana has also shared on the process of decolonizing gender and the importance  of LGBTQI people within traditional cultural lifeways.


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