35 episodes

Explorations on mythology, culture and the emerging masculine archetypes. Hosted by visionary filmmaker Ian MacKenzie, co-director of Amplify Her (2018) and the forthcoming Love School (2020).

The Mythic Masculin‪e‬ Ian MacKenzie

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 42 Ratings

Explorations on mythology, culture and the emerging masculine archetypes. Hosted by visionary filmmaker Ian MacKenzie, co-director of Amplify Her (2018) and the forthcoming Love School (2020).

    #34 | No Accountability Without Community - Taiaiake Alfred (Kahnawà:ke Mohawk)

    #34 | No Accountability Without Community - Taiaiake Alfred (Kahnawà:ke Mohawk)

    My guest today is Taiaiake Alfred, an Indigenous scholar and activist.

    He is the recipient of numerous awards, including best column writing for the Native American Journalists Association, as well as a National Aboriginal Achievement Award. Taiaiake is an author, governance consultant and former university professor known for his keen focus and commentary on Indigenous resurgence and decolonization.

    In our conversation today, he shares of his early years as a young man in the US Marine Corps and what it means to be a warrior in a dominator system. He explores the origin cosmology of the Mohawk peoples and the capacity to find harmony within a complex system, and he reflects on fathering his three sons and how his understanding of leadership has shifted over the decades.

    Finally, on the question of toxic masculinity, he names the necessity for the soil of rooted community to live true accountability - as there is no good man without the health of the land.


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    #33 | The Return of Ragnarok & Our Apocalypse Now - Rune Hjarnø (Nordic Animism)

    #33 | The Return of Ragnarok & Our Apocalypse Now - Rune Hjarnø (Nordic Animism)

    My guest today is Rune Hjarnø, a doctor of History of Religions, educated from the Universities of Uppsala and Copenhagen.

    He has lived and worked in a number of countries - with a particular focus on Afro-Atlantic and Nordic religions.  He is the creator of Nordic Animism, a popular Youtube channel that explores the themes of Nordic religion, culture, and history in short accessible videos. As well, he is the orginator of the Rune Animist Calendar that introduces seasonal animism from Northern Europe.

    In our conversation today, we look at the function of mythology as the capacity to create relationship. We explore the challenges of modern culture, where the absence of functional mythology gives rise to conspiracy theories, and we learn how the pantheon of Nordic gods can provide expressions of transgressive masculinity.

    Finally, we explore the myth of Ragnorak and what guidance it might offer us in these apocalyptic times.


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    #32 | Way of the Graceful Warrior - Gary Dillon (Kekoanui)

    #32 | Way of the Graceful Warrior - Gary Dillon (Kekoanui)

    My guest today is Gary Dillon, a mentor of many years and man I consider deeply grateful to know.
    I first met Gary through the Orphan Wisdom school, and have discovered that Gary’s rich and varied life has taken him through many pathways and modalities: including learning the traditional Hawaiian art of Lomilomi bodywork, transformational movement therapy, and the arts of sacred intimacy.
    In our conversation today, Gary shares how he was given the name Kekoanui, which means A Warrior of Aloha. We explore the tale of Eros & Psyche and the dynamic nature of divinity, and we speak of the role of memory and beauty, as nourishment for the mythological World Tree.

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    #31 | Into The Belly of the Dragon - Jan Blake (Storyteller)

    #31 | Into The Belly of the Dragon - Jan Blake (Storyteller)

    My guest today is Jan Blake, one of Europe’s leading storytellers who has been performing for 35 years.  Jan specializes in myths and folktales from Africa, the Caribbean and Arabia - and has mesmerized audiences at every major storytelling festival worldwide.

    She has been the Storyteller-in-Residence for the Hay Literary Festival, the curator for Shakespeare’s Stories at the World Shakespeare Festival, and the recipient of the British Award for Storytelling Excellence.  Jan also leads popular workshops for emerging storytellers, and gives masterclasses on the craft of storytelling.

    In our conversation today, we speak of the return to her childhood home after many years living in the city of London. We explore the role of the storyteller and the necessity of permission to connect with an audience. Jan shares the story of The Hunter and the challenges young men face in the cultural climate of today, and finally we speak of the magic that blurs the line between telling a story, and the story telling you.


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    • 1 hr 16 min
    #30 | We Forgot We Were Kings - Alan Cooke (The Wild Irish Poet)

    #30 | We Forgot We Were Kings - Alan Cooke (The Wild Irish Poet)

    My guest today is Alan Cooke, a filmmaker, poet, and speaker from the wilds of Ireland.

    Alan’s poetic and literary work is based on the narrative of the medicine of nature, forged from the sorrow of undergoing numerous personal and cultural losses in his days.  Back in 2009, Alan won an Emmy for writing a film about his time in New York City, titled Home.   After returning to Ireland, he spent 13 years as a wandered and walker of the Irish landscape, refining the power of words to alchemize trauma into beauty.

    In our conversation today, we speak of his youth growing up in Dublin and his initiation into the poetic imagination, we speak of his hard days in New York and the cascade of loss that met him upon returning to Ireland, and we speak of how nature brought Alan back to a deeper sense of his masculinity, and how in the end, all darkness turns to beauty.

    And of course, Alan shares a few poems.   I’ve layered the beautiful harp playing of Andee Anko behind his words.


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    #29 | Awakening From The Trance of Domination - Riane Eisler (The Chalice and the Blade)

    #29 | Awakening From The Trance of Domination - Riane Eisler (The Chalice and the Blade)

    My guest today is Dr. Riane Eisler, a social systems scientist, cultural historian, and author whose research, writing, and speaking has made an enormous impact on the cultural landscape.

    I first encountered her work through the book The Chalice and the Blade, where she first articulated her cultural transformation theory of history, which includes the lens of dominator versus partnership society.

    In the decades since, she’s written numerous other books include Sacred Pleasure, and most recently Nurturing our Humanity. Dr. Eisler is president of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS), as well as given keynotes at the United Nations General Assembly, the US Department of State, along with corporations and universities offering applications of the partnership model introduced in her work.

    In our conversation today, we cover the foundations of her cultural transformation theory, along with her own childhood experience of fleeing Nazi Germany.  We look at the limitations of language that have so far prevented the depth of cultural change we urgently need, and how sharing a new mythology of partnerism may yet regenerate a more humane and environmentally sustainable world.


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    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Erin Elizabeth L. ,

I listen as a Mother...

I connected with Ian’s podcast through Sharon Blackie and was drawn to his work because I need examples of grounded men who are doing their work.

This podcast and the Mythic Masculine Network help me to understand what I need to be looking at for my little man and resources to help explore those topics.

Thank you for your work Ian!!!

Ryan Van Lenning ,

Vital Spelunking!

I only last week discovered the gold treasure in the dark cave that is Ian's podcast! I have been devouring and digesting the immeasurable insights from his guests and the stellar spelunking they undertake to explore vital issues of masculinitiy, cultural transformation, and healing.. I especially have the powerfully words and images of Pat McCabe and Martin Shaw percolating through me. Thank you! I’ll definitely be spreading the word and joining the new network. I can't recommend this podcast medicine enough!

Jubilee Brown ,

Transformative Space

I’ve been here and have no hesitation in saying that Ian’s podcast continues to grow better and better and was great to begin with! Tune into this utterly beautiful transformative space Ian has created for all of us and hear the voices of men and women from all over the world as we reclaim the right to be human and perfectly wonderful beings at that! Marcia Bedard, PhD

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