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Swallowtail Tiger on Button Bush

I’m reading the Point of Departure (Four Arrows, 2016) Introduction and believe that a main difference between the Indigenous and Contemporary (i.e. Colonial, domineering, or corporate) worldviews involves how knowledge is found, used, and stored.  Indigenous people have traditionally relied on a vividly intense worldview; verbally transmitted (through visions, stories, and songs) and personally based (in all profound senses of the word). Its importance is accessed via select but reticent keepers entrusted by their communities to monitor it. 

Contemporary society relies on a worldview of written knowledge often impersonally archived and substantiated.  It’s accessed commercially with scant apology to anyone or anything else.  We now face an IoT that Wikipedia bluntly describes as, ” The Internet of THINGS (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.” 

What most distinguishes the Indigenous worldview from the Contemporary one? It’s literally the worldview of BEINGS versus THINGS.

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