resources:

the Way of Ancient Wisdom

indigenous wisdom and earth-honoring traditions

Every one of us is rooted in an ancient human lineage of earth-honoring peoples, whose knowledge and wisdom we carry within our ancestral memory. We are all indigenous to this earth. Learning from modern wise elders and wisdom keepers, and reconnecting with our own ancestral lineages, we can remember the native intelligence that is our birthright, and use it to heal our lives—and our world. 

This section is meant to represent a diversity of voices and cultures, with the understanding that we must be careful not to appropriate cultural or ancestral knowledge that is not our own. Respectfully, we can learn from all cultures, especially those which have not yet forgotten their ancestral connections to land and spirit, and humbly invite their remembrance to wake us into our own.

~Reminder that this resource section is just being born. It’s a work in progress and not exhaustive by any means. Suggest a resource to add here. 

For more on earth-honoring themes such as animism, rewilding, and the connection with non-human animals and nature, visit Resources: More Than Human World.

resources:

the Way of Ancient Wisdom

indigenous traditions and earth-honoring ancestors

Every one of us is rooted in an ancient human lineage of earth-honoring peoples, whose knowledge and wisdom we carry within our ancestral memory. We are all indigenous to this earth. Learning from modern wise elders and wisdom keepers, and reconnecting with our own ancestral lineages, we can remember the native intelligence that is our birthright, and use it to heal our lives—and our world. 

This section is meant to represent a diversity of voices and cultures, with the understanding that we must be careful not to appropriate cultural or ancestral knowledge that is not our own. Respectfully, we can learn from all cultures, especially those which have not yet forgotten their ancestral connections to land and spirit, and humbly invite their remembrance to wake us into our own.

~Reminder that this resource section is just being born. It’s a work in progress and not exhaustive by any means. Suggest a resource to add here. 

For more on earth-honoring themes such as animism, rewilding, and connection with non-human animals and nature, visit Resources: More Than Human World.

books & articles

  • Animism: Respecting the Living World, Graham Harvey
  • Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • The Lost World of the Kalahari, Laurens van der Post
  • Of Water and the Spirit, Malidoma Patrice Somé
  • Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing, Robert Wolff
  • Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World, Tyson Yunkaporta
  • The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, Carlos Castaneda

films & videos

podcast episodes

from Wake Up, Human:

from Others:

teachers & organizations

  • Ancestral Medicine. Dr. Daniel Foor offers teachings in ancestral and earth connection, helping others to reclaim their innate capacity to relate with the greater web of other-than-human kin.
  • East Coast Village. Dedicated to empowering people through the practices of indigenous African spirit technologies as brought to the West by Dagara Elder, Dr. Malidoma Somé.
  • Foundation for Shamanic Studies. A foundation based on the work of anthropologist Michael Harner, who dedicated his life to teaching shamanic knowledge and practices in a means accessible to the struggling Western spirit.
  • Jon Young. 
  • Jon Young is a specialist in deep nature connection, storytelling, village building and cultural repair. 

May it be of benefit.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

~ Joseph Campbell

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.