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Last updated: June 1, 2014 (2 months ago)
Listing created on: July 25, 2009
Ancestral Roots Community
(Asheville, North Carolina, United States)
- Status: Forming
- Formed: 2009
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Business, Project, or Organization: http://awakeningthehorse.wordpress.com/
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000138031139
- Contact Name: Naomi Archer
Asheville, North Carolina,
Visitors accepted: Yes
Open to new Members: Yes
The Ancestral Roots Community is a forming land project to grow anti-racist, LGBTQI2Spirit, and family friendly space for sustainable movements of decolonization, remembering, and rewilding.
The Ancestral Roots Community (ARC) is seeking land and supporters to create safe, sustainable decolonizing space for individuals and community to authentically reconnect with self, each other, our living relatives, and Mother Earth.
The project invites those committed to deep movements of decolonization and remembering with special intention of holding safe, anti-racist space for LGBTQI2Spirit people, people of color, female identified persons, and families with children. We will create “back to the land” garden and wilderness-based space that can nurture healing relationships between people and between people and the living Earth.
By creating a safe space for reconnection, we seek to revitalize relationships and connection with our ancestral peoples, places, and cultures while serving as a knowledge base for remembering, so recovered stories and understandings can be kept alive to share now, and with future generations.
The ARC reconsiders “intentional community” in ways that do not simply resettle stolen Indigenous lands in the name of “sustainable living”, but instead furthers movements of decolonization and remembrance that can aid in transforming relationships (including relationships of land occupancy) between Indigenous peoples, people of color, and settlers of amer-european heritage.
This reconsideration also recognizes eclectic spiritual practices that appropriate Native culture without consent, are inherently racist and colonizing, and prevent healthy relationships with Indigenous peoples. As a decolonizing community, we will directly support Indigenous efforts to liberate lands, revitalize cultures, and assert sovereignty.
ARC holds the vision to create a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, affirmatively anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-phobic family friendly space. We share a long-term commitment to joyful and loving sustainable community, self sufficiency, creative resiliency, social justice and a return to a healthy relationship with the Earth and all life.
We are actively seeking space for decolonizing community in:
1) An existing community that shares or would like to build these values; or,
2) An existing community in solidarity, that has the land area to provide a space for a decolonizing community to form; or,
3) Donated land intended specifically for a decolonizing community.
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!