Many of us believe that we need to recover indigenous cultural and spiritual practice in order to build more balanced communities. Yet, the process of recovery is extremely challenging. It requires good judgement, discernment, critical engagement and sometimes unwavering faith.
Here are some of the questions we will be asking Chief Teish:
What do we keep? What do we leave behind?
Some practices deemed “indigenous” were used to oppress some of us, whereas other aspects were used to hold and build us. How do we tell the difference?
How and when do we change, add, or re-interpret in our own contexts?
Many practices are falsely considered to be “static” and absolute. Yet, cultural fabrics were always meant to be rewoven, re-considered and co-created through time. How do we honor our elders while continuing to co-create our own practices?
How do we remember or find the practices forgotten, erased or stolen from us?
Some of us feel like our slates were wiped clean and our knowledge severely erased. How do we go about remembering what we need to know when we have so little information to start with or base our findings on?
How do we engage in a just intra-cultural exchange?
Appropriation is everywhere and indigenous practice and knowledge are bought and sold without proper consent or remuneration. Yet there are ways to respectfully engage with traditions that are not fully our own. How do we do that?