A Poisoned Legacy

A carved wooden mask is on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue in New York City, in Gallery 746. According to the Met, it was made and used by the Alutiiq/Sugpiaq people of northern North America and “collected” from them in about 1870. The image is now part of the Met’s Read More

COVID-19 in the Context of Sacred Commemorations

This week, of all weeks — and this week of this particular year, of all years — is one that should stir into waking life a visceral understanding of Indigenous values, deep within the hearts of people of the dominant culture. For this week commemorates events during which individuals set aside their own personal fears Read More

You know you belong to the Land

Indigenous understandings of the world and of life are woven deeply into the American experience in ways you simply don’t notice. Here’s an example, one that should give you a lift of powerful joy. It’s from the very end of the main number for which the movie “Oklahoma!”(1) is named. The scene takes place at Read More

Heroes in a time of pandemic

Stories in all the worlds’ spiritual traditions tell us of great spiritual heroes who found treasures of incalculable worth in situations most of us would consider unbearably tragic and painful. In the process of doing this, they gave us all another great gift: that of understanding the true nature of reality and the potential for Read More