We have to admit, with a rueful smile, that most people don’t think Tapestry’s mission sounds very exciting. But it’s hard to explain what we do, and why we do it, to people of mainstream culture — because we are not mainstream. Not even close.
Some people think because our founder is Choctaw Indian, we must do rituals like sweat lodge ceremony. Others think that because we have horses, we’re a horse sanctuary or even a horse therapy organization. But Tapestry doesn’t do the “Indian” things white people expect, nor does it do the “horse” things horse people expect.
What we do is help people understand and support Indigenous Knowledge, especially different ways of knowing and learning about the natural world. And we do it within Indigenous worldview. If you think that sounds boring, check out this page that summarizes a New York Times story about Cheyenne Elders who knew how to protect a city from a massive EF5 tornado — and did so. Indigenous Knowledge can protect people from other kinds of environmental crises, too. The IKhana Fund supports Indigenous people who are asking for, and learning to appropriately use and share, such Knowledge.
What about people who aren’t Indigenous? Our Horse-Human Relationship Program helps everyone experience Indigenous worldview through a mindful experience with horses. Horse Ibachakali, for instance, is a concentrated immersive experience in different ways of knowing that helps participants learn the power of reciprocity and relationship for themselves, whereas Mindfulness with Mustangs makes a meaningful subset of the Ibachakali experience available to people everywhere via video files. We also offer Workshops several times a year, on a variety of topics. Special webinars can be arranged for groups who can’t travel to the Colorado/Wyoming Front Range area for a workshop.
Finally, if you just want to learn more about Indigenous worldview but aren’t ready for a one-on-one program yet, you can explore the materials on this website. We’ve prepared user-friendly information about everything from worldview and paradigm shifts, to more scholarly articles about Western culture’s uneasy relationship with the natural world. The site map can help you choose the topics you’d like to explore.
By the way, our newest project is to produce new video resources that will make our site’s important information about Indigenous worldview available on Youtube and Vimeo. So far the only videos on our Youtube channel are those for Mindfulness with Mustangs, but new videos will start going up this summer. So watch for them! And if you want to see more videos get online faster, please help with a donation to support taping, graphics production, and editing!
Tapestry’s past projects include conferences, meetings, a digital library project, and research into different ways of learning and their application to educational venues.
Learn more about these Programs:
—Mindfulness with Mustangs
Occasional Workshops and Speaking Engagements