Lakota speaker focuses on Western society, nature

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Anna Marie Lux
Friday, November 3, 2017

BELOIT—Tiokasin Ghosthorse often gets questions about how people can have a relationship with nature.

“All the youth I have talked with around the world are hungry for this 'rewilding' of themselves with nature,” he said. “Their lack of connection has to do with their lack of experience with nature.”

The member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation in South Dakota said words often fall short in communicating what nature offers.

“A lot of it has to do with being shown rather than being taught,” Ghosthorse said. “Mother Earth is always showing you. We are so busy trying to possess everything we forget our connection with Mother Earth.”

The founder, host and executive producer of “First Voices Radio” is giving a public talk Sunday, Nov. 5, in Beloit.

The Great Plains Zen Center, with locations in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, is sponsoring the talk.

Ghosthorse has a long history of indigenous activism and advocacy.

He is a guest faculty member at Yale University's School of Divinity, Ecology and Forestry.

He also was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work with The International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy in England.

Ghosthorse has written a new book, “Butterfly Against the Wind,” which he said “challenges us to re-awaken our sacred bond with Mother Earth.” The book also expresses the wisdom of the Lakota culture and language.

A master musician, Ghosthorse will play his red cedar Lakota flute during his appearance.

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