Like a tree whose roots stabilize and nourish growth, where we come from shapes how we understand ourselves and the world, and informs all of our relationships. Knowing and drawing from our origins, cultural history and generational wisdom is a powerful means of putting our lives into perspective, and giving context for our experiences.
Our parents, grandparents and ancestors are alive in us in many ways. Physically, their lived experiences and characteristics are encoded into our DNA, and the cultures that we were raised within teach us how to care for and inhabit our bodies and how to treat others. Cultural recovery as a practice, is a way of becoming familiar with the cultural, social and political influences as well as historical legacies that are shaping our lives today. By identifying and interpreting the stories by which we know ourselves and the world, we can become stewards of our own ancestral and cultural identities, carriers of wisdom and co-creators of the world to come.
It is possible to unearth the lost or invisibilized parts of your history, to transform patterns of harm, and recover the soul of your heritage.