By Jon Krieg, AFSC Senior Administrative Associate
Trust instead of fear. Generosity in lieu of greed. Compassion and community rather than vengeance and isolation. According to Des Moines author and healer Geral Blanchard, these are some of the timeless values which many indigenous and traditional cultures use to live peacefully and happily.
Geral Blanchard on Ancient Ways, Indigenous Wisdom
In this August 30, 2011 edition of the Fallon Forum, Jon Krieg of AFSC's Central Regional Office in Des Moines visits with Geral Blanchard, author of the new book "Ancient Ways: Indigenous Healing Innovations for the 21st Century." With 40 years experience as a counselor in the realm of sexual violence, Gerry shares what he's learned from his visits with indigenous communities around the globe -- wars are not inevitable, there are healthier ways of dealing with crime and deviant behavior, and that spirit should have a role in healing.
Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa as they teach him about peacemaking and healing.
Through words and photos, Geral Blanchard will examine interpersonal violence in indigenous societies, noting how resolution often entails making conflict resolution processes into sacred ceremonies. He will draw examples from the Hollow Water Ojibwa First Nation of Canada, the Q'ero of Peru, and various African tribes. Moving from the micro to the macro, Geral will stimulate discussion on how sacred indigenous traditions can be brought to the world stage to address international conflicts.
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