Acknowledgement and Gratitude for Indigenous Traditions
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Acknowledgement and Gratitude for Indigenous Traditions

In the United States, the fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving Day. The contrasts between the myths of this as a day emerging from gratitude and happy fellowship between different cultures, and the realities of colonialism and genocide in the Americas, contribute to some complexities in celebrating this holiday. Yet Thanksgiving Day (and the following …

Allegiance to Gratitude
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Allegiance to Gratitude

In the United States, the fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving Day. There are some complexities to celebrating this holiday (and the following weekend, and indeed the ‘holiday season’) in ways that are truly in keeping with agaya and ubuntu. Nonetheless, a day devoted to gratitude has wonderful potential to be reinterpreted by the …

Braiding Sweetgrass book recommendation
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Braiding Sweetgrass book recommendation

Braiding Sweetgrass

INDIGENOUS WISDOM, SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND THE TEACHINGS OF PLANTS
By  Robin Wall Kimmerer

“A hymn of love to the world.”
—ELIZABETH GILBERT

Written from the wisdom of indigenous traditions and botanical science, this book articulates many of the founding principles of Novasutras, echoing the themes of agaya and ubuntu throughout (though, of course, …