This tree in front of my house is featured in “Tree Huggers in the City“
I have been learning and teaching at the college level for the past four decades– since I received my Ph.D. in philosophical anthropology in 1974. I am grateful to the indigenous elders of many traditions and the ongoing dialogue with my students for what they continue to teach me. The purpose of this website is to pass on something of what has been shared with me at this point in human history when knowledge and deep thinking–and acting accordingly– is essential to our survival.
You will never see ads on this site, which would be out of place on a site devoted– as this one is– to community dialogue. I look forward to continuing to see your own ideas and responses to this public conversation.
My own ancestors have influenced me greatly in developing the ideas here. My ancestors not only in scholarship but in my family, in which my mother’s Czech ancestors kept alive vital oral traditions including that of my grandfather’s grandmother, a healer who obtained her power from “speaking with the earth”. I thus had the gift of growing up within what I term an eco-spiritual tradition. It was from my grandfather that I first learned how the map of a man’s mind might reflect the map of a particular landscape. It was through my parents that I met Lower Chehalis elder Henry Cultee, whose words appear in a number of posts and pages on this site.
On this website, I combine scholarly information with the ancient wisdoms of oral tradition–stories and personal thoughts that highlight our ancient belonging to the land–and the environmental challenges currently facing us.
I am also a backyard beekeeper working with untreated bees and supporting the survival of native pollinators and their habitat.
Some of you have met me at conferences where I gave papers and presentations that you have requested. I have placed some of these here as “pages”. Feel free to email me about research you are interested in– or information you don’t see here.
You will also find a few of my publications posted and linked here as well.
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I ask that you treat the words of indigenous elders quoted here with respect, for this knowledge reflects the enduring heart of these peoples. You can easily separate such knowledge from my own opinions and speculations.
I retain the copyright of all text and photos on this site (except for comments of course). In some cases (as indicated in the texts) copyright is shared with journals where particular essays have been published. You are welcome to link to this material freely and/or to cite portions of it with standard attribution of its source.
Fell free to contact me with questions about access or reproduction or other general questions about material this site.
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Just a note: this site was formerly titled, Our Earth/Ourselves. Our Earth, Ourselves is the title of Ruth Caplan’s book– which has nothing to do with this site, but check out their Alliance for Democracy site, which works to end corporate rule here.