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Restoring the Kinship Worldview: A Discussion with Authors Four Arrows and Darcia Narvaez
Four Arrows and Darcia Narvaez discuss their new book, Restoring the Kinship Worldview. Learn more about worldview and discover Four Arrows' Indigenous Worldview Chart on Kindred here: https://www.kindredmedia.org/glossary/indigenous-worldview/
The book features selected speeches from Indigenous leaders around the world--necessary wisdom for our times, nourishment for our collective, and a path away from extinction toward a sustainable, interconnected future.
Indigenous worldviews, and the knowledge they confer, are critical for human survival and the wellbeing of future generations. Editors Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows) and Darcia Narvaez present 28 powerful excerpted passages from Indigenous leaders, including Mourning Dove, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Winona LaDuke, and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. Accompanied by the editors’ own analyses, each chapter reflects the wisdom of Indigenous worldview precepts like:
• Egalitarian rule versus hierarchical governance
• A fearless trust in the universe, instead of a fear-based culture
• The life-sustaining role of ceremony
• Emphasizing generosity and the greater good instead of pursuing selfish goals and for personal gain
• The laws of nature as the highest rules for living
The editors emphasize our deep need to move away from the dominant Western paradigm--one that dictates we live without strong social purpose, fails to honor the earth as sacred, leads with the head while ignoring the heart, and places individual “rights” over collective responsibility. Restoring the Kinship Worldview is rooted in an Indigenous vision and strong social purpose that sees all life forms as sacred and sentient--that honors the wisdom of the heart, and grants equal standing to rights and responsibilities.
Inviting readers into a world-sense that expands beyond perceiving and conceiving to experiencing and being, Restoring the Kinship Worldview is a salve for our times, a nourishment for our collective, and a holistic orientation that will lead us away from extinction toward an integrated, sustainable future.
Seven Life Initiations For Human Transformation: And How To Reclaim Them, with Isa Gucciardi, PhD
Kindred’s editor, Lisa Reagan, talks with Isa Gucciardi, PhD, about the seven life initiations needed to move into our full state of wholeness and our full potential for thriving – and what happens when these initiations are broken, interrupted, or culturally unacknowledged. Isa shares her considerable insight into how we are thwarted from completing our seven initiations, and how we can reclaim, and even heal, our innate paths to flourishing.
LINK TO POST: www.kindredmedia.org/2022/02/seven-…-reclaim-them/
Editor’s Note: Below are the seven initiations excerpted from Chapter 4: The Seven Initiatory Stages, from Isa’s book, The New Return to the Great Mother. This excerpt is edited for brevity. The complete chapter includes stories from women Isa has worked with over many years as they travel through each stage. We hope you will purchase and enjoy these rich, intimate stories.
New Study: Evolved Nest Experience Buffers ACEs/Childhood Trauma
Darcia Narvaez and Mary Tarsha discuss their studies recent findings in this podcast.
“This is a game changer. It points to the fact that it is not enough to be trauma-informed. We must also provide for children’s basic needs, which our evolved nest does by its very nature. Cultures that are not attending to wellness-informed practices are not optimizing human potential, something sorely needed as we face numerous culture-caused crises.”
– Darcia Narvaez, PhD
- Adversity in childhood is associated with poor physiologic regulation, seen in measures of vagal tone.
- A system of socially supportive childraising known as the evolved nest is associated with healthy vagal tone.
Read about the study here: www.kindredmedia.org/2021/11/evolve…fects-of-aces/
What Happened To You? A Book Review
Darcia Narvaez and Mary Tarsha review the new book by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Perry. They look at the book through the lens of the Evolved Nest to find if the components for life-long wellness for human wellbeing are found in the book. They give the book two thumbs up!
About the book
Have you ever wondered Why did I do that? or Why can't I just control my behavior? Others may judge our reactions and think, What's wrong with that person? When questioning our emotions, it's easy to place the blame on ourselves; holding ourselves and those around us to an impossible standard. It's time we started asking a different question.
Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking "What's wrong with you?" to "What happened to you?"
Hunt, Gather, Parent: A Book Review
Darcia Narvaez and Mary Tarsha review Michaeleen Doucleff’s book, Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy Helpful, Little Humans. "We give this book two thumbs down in terms of it not being heart-centered and providing the evolved nest."
My name Dr. Darcia Narvaez and I’m here with Mary Tarsha. We are both at the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
In these book review podcasts, we discuss books aimed at parents and how they align or not with humanity’s evolved nest and with child thriving. First a quick review of the evolved nest, which you can learn more about here: www.EvolvedNest.org.
Humans evolved to be nested. Humanity’s nest for young children helps optimize children's development, fostering thriving, flourishing and resilience capacities in children of all ages. The evolved nest includes soothing gestation and birth, on-request extensive breastfeeding and positive moving touch (no negative touch), a welcoming social climate, self-directed play with multiple aged mates, warmly responsive nurturing from mother and others, Nature immersion and connection, and healing practices to repair miscommunication or hurts.
Child thriving includes Physical health; Happiness and wellbeing, Self-acceptance and appreciation; Self control; Emotional Intelligence; Sociality & social skills; Empathy; Perspective taking; Kindness; and Active curiosity.
Centering Childhood in Social Justice Series: Part 2 with Tanu Biswas
Kindred's series on Centering Childhood in Activism continues this month with an interview with Tanu Biswas. This series marks the beginning of a new dialogue at Kindred around the promise of centering childhood in social justice education for the next generation of changemakers. Kindred is launching the Kindred Fellowship Program (see below) this summer to continue to explore this promise as we collectively imagine a world transformed from social justice beginning with childhood.
Dr. Tanu Biswas is a Post-Doctoral Researcher, under the Junior Professorship of Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Cultural Studies -University of Bayreuth, and an advisor for University of Rutger's Childism Institute. Dave Metler, Kindred’s Social Justice Editor, and Lisa Reagan, Kindred’s Editor, talk with Tanu about the roots of oppression in childhood, and how they relate to social justice issues.
Learn more about the Kindred Fellowship Program and support the initiative here: kindredfellows.org
Listen to part one of the series with John Wall, director of the Childism Institute, here: www.kindredmedia.org/2021/03/childi…ignty-learned/
See the term childism, and learn about its origins, in Kindred's New Story Glossary here: www.kindredmedia.org/glossary/childism/