The Natural State of Being
An Interview with Jan Van Ysslestyne

July 30, 2019

Interview by
Joanna Harcourt-Smith

In this episode Jan Van Ysslestyne speaks with Joanna about: the Ulchi culture, people of Eastern Siberia; Doro, an ancient Daoist way of being in the world; technology also comes from Nature; an ancient oral history coming back to Neolithic times; the natural art and skill of shamanizing; an intimate relationship with Nature and the Universe; nature as a system of complementary and cooperative experience; the paradox of individuation and connection; plat, the most important thing that is; everything is a verb; the healing is the singing; an ocean of fascinating creation myths; restoring the life force of the soul; natural, effortless perceiving through silent feeling; a spontaneous song by Grandfather Misha.

Jan Van Ysslestyne, M.A. is a fluent speaker of the Manchu-Tungus language spoken by the Ulchi culture. She lectures on Classical shamanism through the University of Washington, Burke Museum, Antioch, and Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Her publications have appeared in both “Shaman’s Drum” and “Sacred Hoop” magazines. She is a contributing author to the book “First Fish, First People, Salmon tales of the North Pacific Rim”, University of Washington Press. She continues her research into the pre-technical medical practices of indigenous cultures in the territories of southeastern Siberia. She is the author of “Spirits from the Edge of the World: Classical Shamanism in Ulchi society”.

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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