Restoring The Kinship/Indigenous Worldview | Four Arrows & Darcia Narvaez, PhD ~ ATTMind 166

Adventures Through The Mind

Oct 7 2022 • 1 hr 56 mins

Darcia Narvaez, PhD and Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows) join us to explore various precepts of the indigenous worldview—aka the kinship worldview—how we might restore that worldview in both our personal lives and the world at large.

We also explore the basis of what a worldview is and why our guests propose there are only two, the indigenous/kinship worldview and the dominant/Western worldview. We go in-depth on the historical rise and impact of the dominant worldview and the intergenerational cycle of trauma it propagates; the left brain / right brain dynamic and how it aligns with worldview, perception, and behavior; how generations of anthropocentrism impact our capacity to perceive our interconnection with nature and each other; a substantial dive into death, dying, grief, and ceremony; and what it means to become fully human.

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For links to our guests' work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/ATTMind166

Their Book: Restoring the Kinship Worldview: Indigenous Voices Introduce 28 Precepts for Rebalancing Life on Planet Earth

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Episode Breakdown

  • (0:00) Opening
  • (1:30) Guest bios
  • (6:11) Patron thanks
  • (8:10) Interview begins
  • (10:35) How Four Arrows came into the indigenous worldview through a near-death experience
  • (14:05) How Darcia Narvaez came into the indigenous worldview through science
  • (16:39) An explanation of “shifting baselines” and why understanding it matters
  • (20:04) The dominant worldview, religion, trauma, the Roman conquest, and colonialism
  • (32:00) What is a worldview and why there are only two worldviews that exist: Western/Dominante and Kinship/indigenous
  • (35:16) Exploring these two worldviews and the history of their dynamic
  • (38:39) The intergeneration cycle of trauma embedded in us through the Dominant worldview
  • (43:53) How generations of anthropocentrism impact our capacity to perceive our interconnection with nature and each other
  • (51:02) Feeling interconnected with life decreases fear of death, and vice versa
  • (54:43) The left brain / right brain dynamic and how it aligns with worldview, perception, and behavior
  • (59:31) Exploring a visit from some giant birds
  • (1:02:10) A meditation practice on death from Four Arrows | Having a death song
  • (1:05:01) The difference between courage and fearlessness | trust the universe
  • (1:10:48) Ceremony and the indigenous worldview’s impact on death and dying
  • (1:14:23) Grief in the indigenous worldview vs the dominant worldview
  • (1:21:22) Some anecdotes of psychedelic ceremony from Four Arrows
  • (1:27:09) Being in relationship with the spirit of psychoative plants
  • (1:31:07) “Last resortism” in the medical system and Four Arrows’ journey with cancer
  • (1:33:44) James’ thoughts on the value of leaning on last resortism to Insitute psilocybin for dying people
  • (1:35:46) Cultivated interconnectedness and relationship throughout life and death | grieving together and ceremony
  • (1:43:14) Becoming fully human—neurobiologically and culturally
  • (1:46:08) Does it make sense to have hope that we will change our ways before it's too late?
  • (1:50:28) Further links and contact information for our guests
  • (1:53:16) Some closing words in Lakota from Four Arrows
  • (1:53:55) Outro

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