Hayfork Cooperative’s next meeting is on the “we culture” of the keepers of the land’ on Tuesday, January 20ieth 7-9 pm Northern Delights Coffeehouse at 7091 State Highway 3, Hayfork.
Most of us are grateful that we were born in a time and place where as adults we get to largely choose what we want to do with our lives: where to live it; who to live it with; how to support it. This has been identified as a culture of ‘rugged individualists’, and in many ways we have benefited from it. However it is becoming more and more apparent that for our real happiness, well being, and even survival it is now necessary to cultivate the “we” part of our culture. This is not a call for any particular “ism” such as capitalism, socialism or communism, rather it is a call to care about one another and our life support systems, both of which are showing severe signs of stress.
Neil Harvey of Hyampom helps offer this message weekly on the Bioneers “Revolution from the Heart of Nature” radio program. He is its senior producer. Bioneers radio is broadcast throughout this nation and in some foreign counties and can be heard locally each Friday morning at National Public Radio here at 10:30 Friday mornings on KCHO /KFPR North State Public Radio at 91.7 or 88.9 FM. To meet Neil and find out more about Bioneers and the marvelously talented and productive people whose work is magnified by Bioneers, come to the next Hayfork Cooperative meeting. Neil will also show a video of one of the Bioneers keynote speakers, Greg Sarris. A brief Bioneers’ description of Greg and his people and their effort to inject “we” back into the culture is quoted below.
Greg Sarris, Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and professor of Native American Studies at Sonoma State University describes how his people (descendants of Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo) are using their understanding that they have always been a part of the natural world to embark on a major commitment to position themselves as “keepers of the land” once again. Using ancient ethics and aesthetics of place, bolstered by casino revenues, the 1,300 member tribe has partnered with county and state officials to secure and restore large tracts of open space, as well as to convert local farms to the production of organic produce for the low-income and needy, thus creating a model of local restoration and sustainability.
Some local Nor-El-Muk folks, whose ancestors were ‘the keepers of the land’ here, will be present to comment and answer questions during discussion time. We hope you can join us.