Restoring the Kinship Worldview: Indigenous Voices Introduce 28 Precepts for Rebalancing Life on Planet Earth.


Summary: Selected speeches from Indigenous leaders around the world–necessary wisdom for our times, nourishment for our collective, and a path away from extinction toward a sustainable, interconnected future.

Indigenous worldviews, and the knowledge they confer, are critical for human survival and the wellbeing of future generations. Editors Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows) and Darcia Narvaez present 28 powerful excerpted passages from Indigenous leaders, including Mourning Dove, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Winona LaDuke, and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. Accompanied by the editors’ own analyses, each chapter reflects the wisdom of Indigenous worldview precepts like:
   • Egalitarian rule versus hierarchical governance
   • A fearless trust in the universe, instead of a fear-based culture
   • The life-sustaining role of ceremony
   • Emphasizing generosity and the greater good instead of pursuing selfish goals and for personal gain
   • The laws of nature as the highest rules for living
The editors emphasize our deep need to move away from the dominant Western paradigm–one that dictates we live without strong social purpose, fails to honor the earth as sacred, leads with the head while ignoring the heart, and places individual “rights” over collective responsibility. Restoring the Kinship Worldview is rooted in an Indigenous vision and strong social purpose that sees all life forms as sacred and sentient–that honors the wisdom of the heart, and grants equal standing to rights and responsibilities.
Inviting readers into a world-sense that expands beyond perceiving and conceiving to experiencing and being, Restoring the Kinship Worldview is a salve for our times, a nourishment for our collective, and a holistic orientation that will lead us away from extinction toward an integrated, sustainable future.

Personal Notes: This book brings forth indigenous worldviews and their different ways of moving towards a sustainable, interconnected future. The authors focus on the need to move away from the dominant western paradigm, and bring their own reflections to the pieces written by invited indigenous writers and scholars. Because my research is focused on delineating these non-western mindsets and integrating these perspectives into design (or proposing a new way to practice design), this book will bring forth a while variety of worldviews that can help me define what “Earth-Based” design can look like from indigenous perspectives. Indigenous culture is so scarce in current academia so finding a book written by indigenous scholars is a priority for this project. Storytelling and cultural (bio) diversity are also something I aim important and that this book will successfully bring through a variety of perspectives, woven together by the authors. I hope this book allows for representation within my research and the variety of books we bring into the academic environment.

Reference: Wahinpke Topa (Four Arrows), and Darcia Narváez. Restoring the Kinship Worldview: Indigenous Voices Introduce 28 Precepts for Rebalancing Life on Planet Earth. North Atlantic Books, 2022.