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Welcome to WRITERS JOURNAL 2015: This is an archive-in-progress of resources to motivate, inspire, encourage and support you in your 2014 writing and art adventures: dreaming, thinking, creating, evolving, discovering, being. If you are a Storyteller, consider posting your Stories on Cowbird, “A small community of Storytellers."
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Envision the earth's life-sustaining processes as a beautiful and diverse web of interrelationships--a kaleidoscope of patterns, rhythms, and connections whose very complexity and multitude of possibilities remind us that cooperation, sharing, honesty, humility, and love should be the guidelines for our behavior toward one another and the earth.
-- Ecosustainability student
Our Vision - Rediscovering Humanity's Niche:
Following the lead of author Daniel Quinn, we believe that modern society has lost its way. Humans have abandoned the tried and true survival mechanisms established over thousands of millennia, forgetting that they were once a fully-integrated member of the global ecosystem. We believe that the tired old story modern society tells itself has seen its last days, and that the global self-deception is about to be exposed for what it is. We believe it is time for new stories, stories that tell of the rediscovery of humanity's place in the global web of life. We envision a time when these new stories depicting humans within nature, and not separate from it, will be the human story.
About the Featured Audio, The Indigenous People's Message to the World:
About this program: BetterListen! was called in to document on audio, the lectures and cultural music presentations at The First World Conference of Indigenous Peoples in 1992. The result is this award winning program produced by David Ison, endorsed by The United Nations, Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly and now available for the first time in digital format.
"This is our chance to listen to a message from people closely connected to the Earth. The industrial world has put their very existence at stake. Stop and listen to their world!" - Mickey Hart (Author of Drumming at the Edge of Magic and Planet Drum, drummer with the Grateful Dead.)
"This authentic product is a "Who's who of ritual tribal music and ceremony" - Publishers Weekly.
Quetzalcoatl is Much More Than an Entertaining Mayan Story or Myth
By Sandra Musser
The Mesoamerican god Quetzalcoatl and his twin brother came into being through virgin birth to the goddess Coatlice. He represents the Morning Star. But, the real story is found hidden...between the lines.
This Mesoamerican deity has been worshiped at least since the time of the Olmecs. Kukulcan or Ququmatz were the Mayan names. Quetzalcoatl (ket-tsul'kwot-ul) was Aztec, for the deity Feathered Serpent. For simplicities sake, I'll use this name throughout, because the Aztecs left us more information.
Assignment: Does your life need some Coyote Medicine, some beneficial chaos? Where might you take on the role of Trickster, and create some useful mischief which promises to bring transformation and perhaps a new world view? Are you tired of being in a rut? Call on your Coyote nature and stir things up! Write Now! GO!
In Native American thought, it is often the trickster, Coyote, or some other animal who brings a chaotic element into the otherwise orderly world. Ruled entirely by his passions, both cunning and credulous, and forever getting into trouble, Coyote often acts entirely counter to social and sacred order.
In that role, he makes it possible to experience in speech actions that are not permitted to humans. The trickster, however, though he looses disorder upon the world, is not evil or a devil. He is truly a necessary figure for understanding the sacred.
As the Chumash, and indeed the Hopi, stories about Coyote and Sun illustrate, not only does the trickster by his contrary actions illuminate the proper way by indirection, he also reflects an awareness of the nature of the chaotic element.
The world at first was endless space in which existed only the Creator, Taiowa. This world had no time, no shape, and no life, except in the mind of the Creator. Eventually the infinite creator created the finite in Sotuknang, whom he called his nephew and whom he created as his agent to establish nine universes.
Sotuknang gathered together matter from the endless space to make the nine solid worlds. Then the Creator instructed him to gather together the waters from the endless space and place them on these worlds to make land and sea. When Sotuknang had done that, the Creator instructed him to gather together air to make winds and breezes on these worlds.
The fourth act of creation with which the Creator charged Sotuknang was the creation of life. Sotuknang went to the world that was to first host life and there he created Spider Woman, and he gave her the power to create life. First Spider Woman took some earth and mixed it with saliva to make two beings. Over them she sang the Creation Song, and they came to life.