The award-winning book Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community by Kawarthas resident Pegi Eyers delves into issues of appropriation and white identity, and examines intercultural competency, social justice, healing the First Nations/Settler divide, and restoring earth-emergent values for all people. The solution to the problem of cultural appropriation (and other questionable New Age beliefs) is to access our own heritage and cultural roots for spiritual connection. We are also being challenged in these times of massive change to uncolonize from Empire, re-land to place, recover our ancestral wisdom, and revive an ecocentric worldview. Pathways to a sustainable future include animism, rewilding, ecopsychology and other nature spiritualities, as we work toward reclaiming peaceful coexistence in Earth community.
"Ancient Spirit Rising kick-starts the conversation that First Nations and Settlers need to be having." Linda Post (Odawa), author of "Ojibway Drive from Crumpled Sheets"
Pegi Eyers is a visual artist, independent curator and author of the award-winning Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community, a book that supports the recovery of authentic ancestral wisdom and traditions for all people. She self-identifies as a Celtic Animist, and is a member of the Helena Clan (descended from “Mitochondrial Eve”), with more recent roots connecting her to the mythic arts of England and Scotland. Pegi lives in the countryside on the outskirts of Nogojiwanong in Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg territory (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada), on a hilltop with views reaching for miles in all directions. For more information on the book, the publisher, the author, and her blog please see www.stonecirclepress.com