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Since 2006, Future Primitive has been hosting intimate conversations with authors, visionaries and innovators who speak about our connection and partnership with the Living Earth.
We provide this content in order to advance saner and more compassionate visions of our future, guided by our remembering of ancestral wisdom.
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In this week’s episode Rak Razam and Niles Heckman speak with Joanna about their project “Shamans of the Global Village”, a documentary series examining indigenous entheogenic medicines and the Western shamanic resurgence. The pilot episode is called “Octavio Rettig and the Sonoran Desert Toad”.read more
In this week’s episode Kathleen Dean Moore speaks with Joanna about: the circle of healing; falling in love with the grace of Nature; the greatest injustice in humankind’s history; stories of grief and wonder; the guiding force of environmental activists; integrity in action beyond hope and despair; approaching three crucial tipping points; Standing Rock, an outstanding example of extraordinary courage; the will to act with compassion; freeing our imagination for a better way; the joy of doing what is right.read more
In this week’s episode Chris Moore-Backman speaks with Joanna about: envisioning a movement of movements; the Gandhian iceberg, undivided love in action; satyagraha, soul-force; swaraj, reclaiming our full stature as human beings; the intimacy and authenticity of a nameless practice; the promise of a stronger, deeper activism; Standing Rock, witnessing a powerful expression of reparation; the Rosa Parks momnts; standing up with the dignity of the heart for a life-sustaining culture.read more
In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: researching the spiritual heritage of Europe; decolonization and the ancestral recovery work of Europeans and Americans; reweaving the web of culture; suppressed histories: women, peasantry, religious minorities; pan-European spinner goddesses, distaffs and Pagan women’s weaving ceremonies; a long history of domination of women, people and Nature; the earliest written records of patriarchal misogyny; the mythological encoding of male domination; the higher accuracy of oralture (oral tradition culture); the megalithic womb-tombs; the sacred mugwort and the underworld journey towards a secret, healing name; understanding the demonization of the Earth-based sacred traditions of Europe.read more
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In this week’s episode Ann Filemyr speaks with Joanna about: power as accumulation versus power as relationship; the religious persecution of Native Americans until 1978; preparing for the vision quest; a worldview where everything is animated; the intrinsic value of everything; a shift to the work of the heart; carrying out the message of the Ojibwe herbal medicine woman; planting the seeds of consciousness; a world where intimacy matters; the potential for change within us; the medicine in stories and language; giving thanks to the land; ceremonial Earth-based intensives; a song of gratitude.read more
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“Dear Joanna, I know that you know the importance of your work with Future Primitive to the many lives it has touched. and, “Brava”. But there is a dimension to this body of work, because it is a “body of work”, that I am not sure you know the value of. Because you are chronicling lives and values unique in this world, and you are doing it with the very words of those we need to remember.”
“I love your play with words and your love for words Joanna. Your comment: ‘this makes life bear-able’ – brought smile to my heart. Wisdom contained in our language when we hear deeply and hear every word. And playfulness. And who if not a bear in us has a strength to bear the unbearable that is happening now. “
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“In 2010 I struggled with losing my job after 11 years, as well as several other personal difficulties that I still do not feel capable of writing about. That said, I wanted to tell you that I discovered your podcast in the midst of some of my most difficult days, and I found your interviews to be such a solace.”