Meaning vs Direction

Two Culture Talks

Before there was writing, oral cultures listened to stories and paid attention to the meaning of things.   Meaning attaches to your heart and is easy to carry around all the time.  It is easy to remember.  The greatest example is the traditional understanding that “we are the caretakers of the land” because the land is the source of life for us.  Once you carry this in your heart you know how to behave in an infinite variety of situations.  You can apply this value first and then every action makes sense from there.images-4

On September 9-12, 2013, the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) brought together Aboriginal people from all over northern Canada to talk about the opportunities and challenges in their journeys to implement self-government.  At a conference John B. Zoe a Tłı̨chǫ Government Negotiator began by noting the common refrain that First Nations must be “strong like two people”.  They want…

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Author: Kim Hudson

I enjoy the big picture. This has lead me to explore plate tectonics, the archetypal nature of human beings, or the trend behind a collection of seemingly unrelated moments. I began my working life as a geologist, working in male dominated exploration camps doing everything from dirt bagging to running drill programs. As a result, I'm fascinated with masculine-feminine thinking styles and how both exist in every person, to varying degree.I have also been a Federal Government Land Claims negotiator in the Yukon, and a consultant to First Nations on geologic and environmental issues. I eventually studied writing for film and television. I wrote my first book on the feminine counterpart to the hero archetype, which I give workshops on worldwide including at Raindance Film School in London. I draw upon my work with Western and Oral cultures for my current book The Arrow and the Ring: Activating the Power of Linear and Circular Thinking. I enjoy writing, speaking, workshops and think tanks to understanding the underling drivers and recognizing opportunities for co-creating new possibilities.

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