Aspects of the great heritage of our earth and
humanity are vanishing, often within a single generation. Particularly
at risk are Indigenous cultures and their distinct ways of existing
along with their priceless legacies: traditional teachings, philosophies,
rare art, ecological wisdom, practical environmental knowledge,
Equally at this time, the loss of biodiversity
around the planet is staggering and many of our bioregions are
on the verge of collapse. Of grave concern is the recent report
issued by the State of the Ocean (IPSO) and the International
Union for the Conservation of Nature revealing that our oceans
have reached such a point of severity, that marine species are
entering a phase of extinction unprecedented in human history.
In this time of critical environmental
challenges, the in-depth knowledge of the Earth that Indigenous
peoples have gained over millenniums can no longer be dismissed.
Bound within their cosmologies are not just esoteric teachings
but practical knowledge of a people's environment. They are repositories
of information of particular unique bioregions needed for sustainable
living and survival. Indigenous cultures carry within them ancient
teachings; irreplaceable maps illuminating paths to inner and
ecological wisdom. However, our stewards of this Earth have suffered
deeply and equally in our destructive practices to our environment.
Today many tribal peoples are at the brink of ethnocide. Thus,
the preservation of Indigenous cultures and their traditional
knowledge is essential within the Circle of Humanity.
The elders and the children of this
generation play pivotal roles in assuring their success. The
Honor Journey programs provide an opportunity for individuals
to reconnect with our human origins, to rekindle our collective
past and memories of living in harmony with the natural world.
The ancient Peoples understood to live in accordance with the
activities of the cosmos was the highest and finest way to live.