Finding Our Tribe

“This is the hardest time to live, but it is also the greatest honor to be alive now, and to be allowed to see this time.  There is no other time like now.  We should be thankful, for creation did not make weak spirits to live during this time.  The old ones say ‘this is the time when the strongest spirits will live through and those who are empty shells, those who have lost the connection will not survive.’   We have become masters of survival — we will survive — it is our prophecy to do so.”

“Humanity must shift from living “on” the earth, to living with her.” — Tiokasin Ghosthorse

 

Tiokasin Ghosthorse is from the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota.  He holds a Masters Degree in Native American studies and Communications.  He is a storyteller, poet, university lecturer, scholar, essayist, cultural interpreter, and a peace and human rights activist.  Tiokasin has been described as “a spiritual agitator, natural rights organizer, Indigenous thinking process educator and a community activator.”  One reviewer called him “a cultural resonator in the key of life.”

New Mexico WOOFing Trip Pictoral

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View from kitchen window in the WOOFers quarters

 

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WOOFers quarters, outside

 

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Weeping willow out front is where the turkeys roost at night.

 

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Biochar stove – just fired up today

 

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Hothouse/greenhouse

 

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Potatoes, squash, melons and raspberries

 

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Solar water pump, pump house and cistern

 

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Second solar water pump, in front of goat house

 

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Yummy asparagus patch behind WOOFers quarters

 

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View from the fire pit

 

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Another fire pit view

 

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The goats, L to R, Bella, Lillian and little Peanut

 

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My host’s straw bale house

 

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Two of three turkeys that like to follow you around

 

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Lillian is quite a ham

 

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The solar oven – first try with beans but it was overcast

 

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The outdoor kitchen

 

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Wood-fire cobb oven in outdoor kitchen

It is indeed rare for me to find myself speechless when visiting a place — but this is something that needs to be absorbed and savored [and I’m also learning and working every day!]  Valuable life skills to take back to Indiana that I hope one day to build upon with a like-minded community.