The overarching mission of Bioneers is the advancement of holistic education pertaining to global social, cultural and environmental issues. Bioneers identifies progressive yet nature-honoring solutions to rising challenges of instability, inequality, and unsustainable growth and disseminates this knowledge via independent media, events, and community action networks. Front Range Bioneers took place at University of Colorado-Boulder from November 8-10.
Seeing with Indigenous Eyes facilitated by Ian Sanderson
- After introductions and context setting, we gathered outside and participated in the Thanksgiving Address. John Stokes from The Tracking Project shares the background on these words.
These words of thanksgiving come to us from the Native people known as the Haudenosaunee (also Iroquois or Six Nations <Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora> of upstate New York and Canada. The Thanksgiving Address has ancient roots, dating back over one thousand years to the formation of the Great Law of Peace by a man called the Peacemaker, and perhaps before that. Today these words are still spoken at the opening and closing of all ceremonial and governmental gatherings held by the Six Nations.
We believe that all people at one time in their history had similar words to acknowledge the works of the Creator. With this in mind, we offer these words in a written form as a way to reacquaint ourselves with this shared vision. Our version of the Thanksgiving Address has been modified for a young, general audience‹it has been shortened and many specific references to the culture of the Six Nations have been generalized. We hope this will enhance the accessibility of the words for readers around the world.You are encouraged to share in these words, that our concentrated attention might help us rediscover our balance, respect, and oneness with Nature. Now our minds are one.
- One idea explored was thinking about structures vs. patterns and processes. Consider the The Industrial Egg. One may opt for organic, outdoor based eggs instead of an egg from a more traditional, mass-farmed egg. This consumer choice in meaningful as it supports the removal of pesticides and other chemicals from the Earth and food production process. However, an industrial egg is an industrial egg. If the overall process for producing the egg has not changed – the extraction of mineral resources, the use of industrial factories, the use of fossil fuels to transport goods thousands of miles – then the sustainability of the overall process must still be called into question.