"What does it mean to be the people of the seventh fire, to walk back along the ancestral road and pick up what was left behind? How do we recognize what we should reclaim and what is dangerous refuse? What is truly medicine for the living earth and what is a drug of deception? None of us can recognize every piece, let alone carry it all. We need each other, to take a song, a word, a story, a tool, a ceremony and put it in our bundles. Not for ourselves, but for the ones yet to be born, for all our relations. Collectively, we assemble from the wisdom of the past a vision for the future, a worldview shaped by mutual flourishing."
Braiding Sweetgrass, Shkitagen: People of the Seventh Fire (p. 371).
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Winona LaDuke (Ojibwe) is an economist, environmentalist, writer and industrial hemp grower, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development. She was the Green Party candidate for Vice President in the 1996 and 2000 U.S. presidential elections. She has founded numerous activist non-profit organizations, including the Indigenous Women's Network, the White Earth Land Recovery Project, and Honor the Earth, of which she is the current executive director. LaDuke was actively involved in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in 2016, and currently is closely involved in efforts to stop the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota.
Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota) is author of The Sioux Chef. Their website explains their mission:
"We are a team of Anishinaabe, Mdewakanton Dakota, Navajo, Northern Cheyenne, Oglala Lakota, Wahpeton-Sisseton Dakota and are ever growing. We are chefs, ethnobotanists, food preservationists, adventurers, foragers, caterers, event planners, artists, musicians, food truckers and food lovers.
We are committed to revitalizing Native American Cuisine and in the process we are re-identifying North American Cuisine and reclaiming an important culinary culture long buried and often inaccessible."
Emily Johnson (Yup'ik) is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, writer, activist, and director of Catalyst Dance. Her website explains her mission:
"Her dances function as portals and care processions, they engage audienceship within and through space, time, and environment-- interacting with a place's architecture, peoples, history and role in building futures. Emily is trying to make a world where performance is part of life; where performance is an integral part of our connection to each other, our environment, our stories, our past, present, and future." She is part of a US based advisory group who are developing a First Nations Performing Arts Network.
James Vukelich Kaagegaabaw (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) is an Indigenous language expert, teacher, author, and international speaker. He has been recognized as a leading voice in Native Language revitalization efforts and spiritual teachings for two decades. His keen insights on the interconnectedness of language and culture were developed in the field speaking with and recording elders and native speakers of the language (many of whom have since passed on) in Canada, Michigan and Minnesota as part of the Ojibwe Language Dictionary Project. He teaches online Ojibwe language classes and his "Ojibwe Word of the Day" video series is available for free through his Facebook page, YouTube channel, and as a podcast.
"We aim to improve the relationship of people, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, with the land around them and with the real history and sacredness of that land. This involves acknowledging and righting the wrongs of history, and also involves a personal journey through the importance of connecting with the earth, its creatures, and its teachings."
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