A FEW WAYS TO RECOGNIZE, ELEVATE, AND SUPPORT OUR NATION’S FIRST PEOPLE.
– Alicia Keys, Keys Soul Care
We’re living through a time of cultural reckoning and revelation surrounding identity, humanity, and belonging. With our shared sense of awareness and hope comes a shared responsibility to keep educating ourselves about the places that we inhabit — and the communities who first called it home.
Today, we’re sharing three resources to deepen your day-to-day mindfulness (and education) about Indigenous communities. Invest time and energy in their existence and significance. Share them with your community. And remember, this is just the start.
1. LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Ritualizing our sense of place has the power to sanctify our days — and re-cast social norms around “ownership” and sovereignty in the process. Knowing whose land and history we stand upon is a crucial step.
Text your city and state to the phone number 907-312-5085 for territory history of where you live. Follow Native Land on Instagram for location-based information, links for further reading, and region-specific teaching guides. (Join the community by volunteering your services or donating to their ongoing projects and app updates.)
2. INDIGENOUS CIRCLE OF WELLNESS
Much of the brilliance behind “modern” wellness is rooted in Indigenous wisdom. Recognizing and paying its living practitioners is an effective way to ensure it lives on. California-based counseling center Indigenous Circle of Wellness is a testament to this idea. Book spiritual, emotional, and physical services with their in-house team. Peruse (and support) the thoughtfully curated directory of BIPOC experts and tools on its women-owned and run feed.
3. WELL FOR CULTURE
The platform and podcast was founded by Indigenous wellness advocates Chelsea Lugar (of Turtle Mountain and Chippewa and Standing Rock Sioux descent) and Thosh Collins (raised on Arizona’s Salt Rock Reservation.) Their vision? A digital home that places ancestral wisdom — from recipes to movement practices to community-vetted books and historical texts — rightfully at the center of the “modern-age” wellness conversation.
Text: Alicia Keys, Keys Soul Care