It's time to rewild ourselves and our dominant worldviews to build earth-centered communities for all.
The dominant cultural worldview is based upon extraction and exploitation practices that have brought us to the precipice of social, environmental, and climate collapse. Braiding poetic storytelling, climate justice and deep cultural analyses, and the collective knowledge of Earth-centered cultures, The Story is in Our Bones opens a portal to restoration and justice beyond the end of a world in crisis.
Author, activist, and changemaker Osprey Orielle Lake weaves together ecological, mythical, political, and cultural understandings and shares her experiences working with global leaders, systems-thinkers, climate justice activists, and Indigenous Peoples. She seeks to summon a new way of being and thinking in the Anthropocene, which includes transforming the interlocking crises of colonialism, racism, patriarchy, capitalism, and ecocide, to build thriving Earth communities for all.
Lake calls forth historical memory of who we are in the Earth's lineage to bring into being the world we keenly long for, at the delicate threshold of great peril or great promise.
For anyone grieving our collective loss and wanting to take action, The Story is in Our Bones is a vital guide to remaking our world. This hopeful, engaging, and creatively lyrical work reminds readers that another world is possible, and provides a desperately needed antidote to the pervasive despair of our time.
Foreword by Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Nation, Environmental Ambassador and Hereditary Drum Keeper of the Ponca Tribe
Entering the Terrain
Chapter 1: Worldviews Are a Portal
Chapter 2: The Story Is in Our Bones: Origin Stories to Remake our World
Chapter 3: Ancient Trees and Ancestral Warnings
Chapter 4: A Visionary Declaration from the Amazon
Dismantling Patriarchy, Racism, and the Myth of Whiteness: Ancient Mother and Women Rising
Chapter 5: She Rises
Chapter 6: Tracing and Healing the Assault on Women
Chapter 7: Listening to Black and Indigenous Women, and Debunking the Myth of Whiteness
Chapter 8: Worldviews of Our Ancestral Lineages
Reciprocity: A Thousandfold Act of Responsibility and Love
Chapter 9: Offering and Tending to the Land
Chapter 10: Composting the Cultural Toxins of Colonization and Capitalism
Chapter 11: Reciprocal Relationships with People and Land
Living in Balance with the Natural Laws of the Earth
Chapter 12: Rights of Nature: A Systemic Solution
The Land Is Speaking: Language, Memory, and a Storied Living Landscape
Chapter 13: Worldviews Conjured by Words
Chapter 14: Songlines Through the Landscape
Chapter 15: Building a Relationship with the Storied Land