Donations to the Reparations Fund
‘Ancestral skills’ are the complex, land-based lifeways that are in the roots of everyone on the planet. We all have connection to earth based, Animist peoples in our lineage; some of us very recently, some of us very far back, and many of us with complex mixes of various bloodlines. Our vision is to be a watering hole for global ancestries, and to be able to water these healthy, earth-based roots together.
In order for settler colonialism to invade Turtle Island, white / European colonizers specifically targeted Indigenous people, enslaved African people, and constructed race to support a class-based society. We live in a world that influences where we live, our experiences in public and private, our health, our communities and much more based on the color of our skin. These barriers, in our case, lead to situations where white people have more access to nature connection and skills opportunities ~ and the health, vitality, self-determination and resilience benefits.
We offer this humble expression of reparations to plant seeds of repair from within our own community. We are doing our best to learn as we go along and foster access where it has explicitly been denied, and also address how inequality is unconsciously perpetuated by majority white spaces. We are inviting teachings to reclaim Animist ancestry from around the globe: myth, culture, lifeways that help us all water our own specific roots.
There is so much complexity to this conversation; we evolve and we invite curiosity, inquiry, love, and compassion to our collective learning. Our multigenerational vision is to cultivate spaces that are genuinely empowering for everyone who wishes to join, and build coalitions for transcending capitalism. Earth skills are a way to reclaim our heritages, reconnect to ancestors who had the strength that comes from not being industrially reliant, and re-weave our community resilience.