Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Visiting Scholar
August 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Tribalism: a model for 21st-century community:
North America’s indigenous cultures have much to offer contemporary society for how to form and maintain communities. Seth Godin adopted some of these ideas for business and marketing in his book Tribes, but the reality transcends even what he understood. We start with the idea of circles – the horizon, tipis in a camp arranged in a circle, the circle that is the inipikaga (revitalization lodge), the circle that is the Sundance arbor. Circles minimize hierarchy and allow all to look at each other. Circles form around hocokahs or altars, which draw the people to them. In this presentation, we explore indigenous concepts for forming and maintaining communities and how these concepts can be incorporated into mainstream society.