Last updated: September 10, 2014 (3 weeks ago)
Listing created on: July 25, 2009

Ancestral Roots Community

(Rutland, Vermont, United States)

Mission Statement:

The Ancestral Roots Community is a forming land project to grow safer anti-racist, LGBTQI2Spirit, and family friendly space for sustainable, authentic, and unsettling movements of ancestral recovery and decolonization.

Community Description:

DESCRIPTION
The Ancestral Roots Community (ARC) is a fluid group of people seeking land to grow natural garden and wilderness-based safer space for movements of ancestral recovery and decolonization. We are (mostly) settlers of various origins currently located in the Askaskwigek Adenak of the Abenaki N’Dakinna (Green Mountains of Vermont) and scattered across Turtle Island.

We value holding space where we can nurture healing relationships with self and between people, while revitalizing relationships and connection with our ancestral peoples, places, and cultures. By understanding better who we are and where we come from, this community holds the potential to become a knowledge base for remembering, so recovered stories and understandings can be kept alive to share now, and with future generations.

The ARC recognizes the complexity and contradiction of settler decolonization on Indigenous lands not our own. So we seek to transform “intentional community” in ways that do not simply resettle stolen Indigenous lands in the name of “sustainable living”, but instead supports Indigenous resistance and the liberation of stolen Indigenous lands back into sovereign Indigenous stewardship.

We also recognize the hurt and damage caused by eclectic spiritual practices that appropriate Native culture without consent, so we work to confront these behaviors and offer healthier ways of finding spiritual meaning and belonging through one’s own ancestral connections.

Connecting with our ancestral people and home places, we can create a bridge for settler re-landing and return home.

We offer the vision of a loving community that discovers and celebrates each person’s innate gifts and skills, while sharing a long-term commitment to self-sufficiency, creative resiliency, social justice and a return to healthy relationships with the Earth and all life.

We invite those committed to deep movements of decolonization and ancestral recovery who feel they have the ability to hold safer, anti-racist, feminist space for each other, as well as for our relatives who are LGBTQI2Spirit people, Indigenous people, People of Color, and families with children.

We are actively seeking space for decolonizing community in:
1) Donated land intended specifically for a decolonizing community; or,
2) An existing community in solidarity, that has the land area to provide a space for a decolonizing community to form; or,
3) An existing community that shares or would like to build these values.

Where we go from here is up to those who hold the vision and energy to make this decolonizing project a reality. Are you one of those people?

If you would like to support this project or have questions, please contact us through email. Thank you!

Population

  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Please no spiritual practices that appropriate or steal from Native peoples or others.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Paganism or Earth Religions, Other

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: We expect a core group of residents

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Not yet, we aspire to do so.
  • Location: Rural
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: Seeking large mix of agricultural and forest lands. Lands in need of restoration are okay.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Shared Expenses: 100%
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Additional Comments: To be determined.

Diet

  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.)

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Keywords

Decolonization, Ancestral Recovery, Rewilding, Anti-racist, Queer, Family, Wild, Liberation, Healing

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
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