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Need a cheat sheet to help you understand the differences between our Dominant Worldview and our Kinship Worldview? Check out Kindred's Worldview Chart by Four Arrows! These are the 40 precepts of Indigenous/Kinship Worldview side by side. These precepts are explored in the Restoring the Kinship Worldview book. Download a free PDF or buy a poster below and here.
Four Arrows and Darcia Narvaez discuss their book, Restoring the Kinship Worldview with Kindred's editor, Lisa Reagan. The discussion covers the need for "meta-cognition" or worldview awareness, and how this awareness supports sustainable life on Earth.
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Four Arrows and Darcia Narvaez discuss their new book, Restoring the Kinship Worldview with Kindred's editor, Lisa Reagan. The discussion covers the necessity for "meta-cognition" or worldview awareness, and how this awareness supports sustainable life on Earth.
Four Arrows and Darcia Narvaez introduce the illuminating Worldview Chart they explore in their current book, Restoring the Kinship Worldview: Indigenous Voices Introduce 28 Precepts For Rebalancing Life On Planet Earth. This book is about worldview and the consciousness it creates and reflects. It is a topic of utmost importance for the continuation of humanity. “Worldview is a concept ‘whose time has come."
What’s a worldview?
A worldview is a delocalized general sense of how the world works. It’s a cosmology about what humans are, what they should learn, how they should behave and their purpose; how humans relate to the rest of the manifest natural world; and what is our relation to the unmanifest, the spiritual?
Worldview and TEK
Worldview differs from traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) that is localized knowledge Indigenous/First Nation Peoples develops from deep experience in a particular landscape.
So, there are two kinds of Indigenous knowhow missing in the dominant culture that are apparent around the world in First Nation Peoples: the Kinship worldview and TEK. Our book focuses on the former.
How did we lose the Kinship worldview?
Our baselines for normality shifted over time in terms of child raising and cultural practices, downshifting human nature to primate levels. Allowing unfettered inequality has led to endemic Wetiko virus (cannibalistic greed). Modern societies operate trauma-inducing pathways instead of the wellness-promoting pathway we evolved.
How does the Kinship worldview differ from the dominant one?
See the Worldview Chart. Worldview” does not belong to a race or group of people, but Indigenous cultures who still hold on to their traditional place-based knowledge are the wisdom keepers of this original Nature-based worldview. All people are indigenous to Earth and have the right and the responsibility to practice and teach the IW precepts. All have the responsibility to support Indigenous sovereignty, dignity, and use of traditional lands.
“For non-Indians who are concerned about misappropriation, see the peer reviewed article,“The Indigenization Controversy: For Whom By Whom.”
The Worldview Chart and introduction was created by Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows), a.k.a. Don Trent Jacobs, Ph.D., Ed.D. and originally published in The Red Road (chanku luta): Linking Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives to Indigenous Worldview, 2020. The chart is featured in Restoring the Kindship Worldview, 2022, by Four Arrows and Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D.
Download your free PDF of this worldview chart on this page, or buy your poster-sized version here.