Posts Categorized: Philosophy of Tracking

  • Deep Mythology, Philosophy of Tracking

    The Cultivation of Tenderness for Incompletely Satisfied Longings

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    The title to this essay comes from the book titled, the Gypsies, by Jan Yoors, a flemish-born man who joined the Lowara Rom at the age of 12 and lived with them for several years, an almost too-good-to-be-true story. One of his Rom adult mentors reminds him gently of the importance of “cultivating” that tenderness… Read more »

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    Kali Stick-Fighting and the Dancer’s Way

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    For a long time I’ve suspected that indigenous martial-arts systems all expressed themselves, somehow, in the dances of their culture; no useful line between dance and martial-art exists. Many people know Capoeira as the “part-dance, part-martial-art”. But if we look back far enough, back beyond the purely utilitarian philosophies of the civilized era, won’t we… Read more »

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    Haunted Lands of My Past, Beckoning Forests of My Present

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    How do we truly return to the land? How do we break the back of our cultural addiction to machines and soulless systems? Every time I’ve visited, as an adult, the sandy-soiled and salmonberry-blessed land of my childhood, in Coos Bay on the Southern Oregon Coast, I become overwhelmed with feelings that I even now… Read more »

  • Animist Language, Deep Mythology, Philosophy of Tracking

    The Wild Library

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    In the Spell of the Sensuous, David Abram comments on the oral mapping of place, and indigenous memory, in the following way: One of the strong claims of this book is that the synaesthetic association of visible topology with auditory recall — the intertwining of earthly place with linguistic memory — is common to almost… Read more »

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    Vivisecting “The Flesh”, and the Cult of Science

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    Science, i.e. the culture and practice of inquiry performed by civilization, has always, and will always (as long as it can) embody the relationship of civilization to the community of life. I characterize this relationship as one of domination and blindness to the living reality all around us. Civilization, as expressed by authors such as… Read more »

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    Podcast #2: Baskets Containing Emptiness

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    How does our hunger for a stable, safe, predictable world affect us? Can we see beauty in an unstable, unpredictable, risky world? Can we see compassion in chaos? How would we describe a world that loved us, but never stopped changing, whether we wanted it to or not? [odeo=http://odeo.com/audio/2195052/view]

  • Animist Language, Philosophy of Tracking

    A World of Shape and Movement

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    I can’t get off this language kick for now. Someday you’ll appreciate this. No, really. Okay, maybe not. Regardless: As this wikipedia article on Navajo classificatory verb stems shows, some animist languages prioritize communicating the shape and type of movement for a subject. For example, the English verb “give” is expressed by eleven different verbs… Read more »

  • Animist Language, Philosophy of Tracking

    Baskets Containing…

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    So in a verb-only universe, all reality consists of flows, patterns, forces. All “things” we formerly considered “things”, we now see as processes. And all that our senses take in we begin to experience as baskets….containing…emptiness. Hierarchy falls apart…. the world wakes up, and the first bird of dawn begins to sing.

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    The Perfect Map

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    I mentioned in passing here a couple posts back, about how the Perfect Map of a certain thing means the thing itself. You may have wondered to yourself (and well you should!), “But what about ‘cartography’? What about making mythic maps, if one cannot really make a perfect map?”. Ahh! Well, my friend, I have… Read more »

  • Animist Language, Philosophy of Tracking

    The Silent Realm

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    So what does it mean to make good observations? What does it mean to communicate real content, to say things worth saying? I know that when I turn off my mind, and I just observe, just pay attention, I have an experience full of content. I also stay aware that the habits of my attention,… Read more »

  • Animist Language, Philosophy of Tracking

    The Mouth Speaks, The Mind Boggles

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    Where English and other Western Indo-European languages are noun-dominated, Native American languages are verb dominated-, they are relationship/process-oriented, rather than object-oriented: watching the dancing rather than the dancers — the dancers fade back- into the background as you just describe the rhythms and the motions of what is. -Dan Moonhawk Alford Buckle your seatbelts! He… Read more »

  • Animist Language, Philosophy of Tracking

    Animism, Native Language, and Quantum Linguistics

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    Does the language we speak blind us to the way the world works? Can we make better observations, and therefore better choices, by changing the way we speak? One example of “changing the way we speak” involves removing the verb “to be” from one’s use of english, creating “e-prime”. I’ve written a little bit on… Read more »

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    The Scholarship Riddle has Arrived

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    Those first to answer correctly will fill a limited number of scholarship slots. If you have a strong need for financial assistance, please express that and we’ll factor that in too. Send answers to mythic (dot) cartographer (at) gmail (dot) com. We’ll also factor in to the evaluation of riddle answers the work you put… Read more »

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    SHIFT: Animal Movement Art

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    I’ve just opened up a space for SHIFT every 3:30pm Saturday at the Peace Full Soul, 4940 NE 16th, just south off Alberta street, in Portland, Oregon. If you just thought “SHIFT? WTF?”, listen up: At SHIFT we move as animals, as mountains, as rivers, as trees, we learn to use our bodies powerfully and… Read more »

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    Rediscovering the Body Wild

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    For a long time, I’ve wanted to write about the renewal of the culture of “the body”, but writing about the experience of the body seems paradoxical. However, I can’t really hold it in anymore, I’ve had so many beautiful experiences lately connecting to this subject. All the while I grew up, my father used… Read more »