“Indigenous peoples are a keystone species to the earth. We are the earth. We become the earth. We were the earth. We are the earth. We will be the earth. Earth has answered every wish, every desire, every thought in the future, in the past. She has, and will always listen to us, but only if we can understand that language that she’s given everything.” Tiokasin Ghosthorse
E107 – Tiokasin Ghosthorse on EARTH LANGUAGES, CONSCIOUSNESS AND INDIGENOUS INTELLIGENCE
WALKING EARTH WITH THE GIFTS OF THE STARS
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“Indigenous peoples are a keystone species to the earth. We are the earth. We become the earth. We were the earth. We are the earth. We will be the earth.” Tiokasin Ghosthorse
In this episode Amisha speaks with Tiokasin Ghosthorse, member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota.
Tiokasin is “a perfectly flawed human being” and a Sundancer in the cosmology of the Lakota Nation. He has a long history with Indigenous activism and advocacy, and is an international speaker on Peace, Indigenous and Mother Earth perspective. He is a master musician and a teacher of magical, ancient and modern sounds and he is the founder, host and executive producer of “First Voices Radio”. In 2016 Tiokasin received a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Amisha and Tiokasin journey along a stream of consciousness guided by Tiokasin’s Indigenous cornerstones and his fluid interbeing with Earth and Cosmos.
Tiokasin opens up a portal to the Lakota understanding of innocence and elemental consciousness that we can receive by Earth listening to us and teaching us to hear our hearts lessons through its abundant gifts.
He reveals how we have constructed systems of fear that condition us to speak tactically, economically and anthropocentrically, instead of naturally. He shares insights into the world of Lakota language, an Earth language of indigenous intelligence embedded in verbs, motion and action that speaks to three dimensions, that knows no war nor gender, and is created to relate and not divide or exclude.
Tiokasin’s tell us about his Corona prayer ritual, which revealed that the virus is presenting us with 33 intelligences brought to us at this time to expand our consciousness and to see our future within the Earth. We learn that we can understand the virus as a pathway to understand the tools and energy of the earth in order to grow our relationship to the cosmos, and expand us into beings that are guided by the gifts of the stars to live a life of true reciprocity.
“Earth has answered every wish, every desire, every thought in the future, in the past. She has, and will always listen to us, but only if we can understand that language that she’s given everything.” Tiokasin Ghosthorse
TIOKASIN GHOSTHORSE—Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota—is an international speaker on Peace, Indigenous and Mother Earth perspective. A survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River and Rosebud Lakota Reservations in South Dakota and the US Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems de- signed to “kill the Indian and save the man,” Tiokasin has a long history of Indigenous activism and advocacy.
He is an active board member of Simply Smiles, and The Center for Earth Ethics. Tiokasin speaks frequently at Yale University’s School of Divinity, Ecology and Forestry focusing on the cosmology, diversity and perspectives on the relational/egalitarian vs. rational/hierarchal thinking processes of Western society.
Tiokasin was a 2016 Nominee for a Nobel Peace Prize from the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy. He was selected for a 2016 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Fellowship in Music, and was a Nominee for a Nation- al Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship in 2017, National Native American Hall of Fame Nominee 2018 and 2019, He also was recently nominated for “Nominee for the 2020 Americans for the Arts Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities” and 2019 Indigenous Music Award Nominee for “Best Instrumental Album” for “From the Continuum.”
Tiokasin is the Founder, Host and Executive Producer of the 28 year-old award-winning “First Voices Radio” (formerly “First Voices Indigenous Radio”), a weekly one-hour live program syndicated to nearly 100 public, community and commercial radio stations in the US and Canada.
Tiokasin is a master musician and a teacher of magical, ancient and modern sounds and performs worldwide. He has been featured at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Apollo Theatre, and the United Nations, and uncountable universities and concert venues.
Tiokasin serves on boards of several charitable organisations dedicated to bringing non-western education to Native and non-Native children. Tiokasin is “a perfectly flawed human being” and a Sundancer in the cosmology of the Lakota Nation.
To find out more about Tiokasin’s work, visit firstvoicesindigenousradio.org
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