Drought: What We Need to Change

Sigh of Relief!   Drought: What We Need to Change The courtyard pavement glistened in the early dawn this morning. I felt myself sigh with relief. The promised rain was beginning. It has steadily picked up. The weather predicts heavy rain today and tonight, even 6 inches before the current series of storms have passed… Read more »

Prairie Fires and Forest Fire: Flames for New Consciousness?

Fire is an important part of many healthy ecosystems. Suppressed, it often becomes an uninvited guest!   Prairie Fires and Forest Fire: Flames for New Consciousness? The settlers coming into Illinois during the early part of the 19th century suffered many of the hardships of any people populating an unfamiliar territory. Drawn by location and the… Read more »

Awakening the Ancestors: Review of filmmaker Beth Nelson’s two documentaries Awakening Healing Voices of Our Ancestors: a Destiny Reclaimed and The Sky is the Roof.

Filmmaker Beth Nelson and Suscol Council Executive Director Charlie Toledo on Opening Night.         Napa Valley Opera House was well populated Tuesday evening, February 19, 2013, for the premier showing of two locally produced films: Awakening Healing Voices of Our Ancestors: A Destiny Reclaimed and The Sky is the Roof. Filmmaker Beth… Read more »

Land Elders

Charlie Toledo by newly built straw bale shed on Suskol House land. Land Elders On June 23, 2012, we will have two speakers at Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields Open House: Charlie Toledo, Executive Director of the Suscol Intertribal Council, and Clare C. Marcus, Professor Emerita of Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of… Read more »

Stewardship and the Western European Way

Tree Person and grafted valley oaks. Stewardship and the Western European Way Vine Deloria, Jr., Sioux scholar, questions the concept of stewardship. It implies “taking care of” or “managing”, not being in dialogue with or balance, yet another version of western European “dominion over.” It is also a word I remember from my early childhood… Read more »