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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)

Mission Statement:

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.

Community Description:

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!

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, Rewilding, Anti-racist, Queer, Family, Wild, Ecovillage, Community, 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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