Being resilient, surviving global climate change, protecting our natural resources, and thriving means embracing our tribal identity, returning to a tribal or clan system of law, and returning to a tribal or clan system of resource management. It means preserving our culture.
How do we do that? How to we get our young people to grow up as tribal people rather than in the culture of consumption, isolation, and selfishness that the modern “western” world offers? Simple: we tell them a better story. Right now, the western world tells them a fictional story of cars, money, and consumer electronics. This story is a false one, as we face dismal poverty rates, obesity, alcoholism, drug abuse, diabetes, suicide, broken families, and unhappiness. We need to tell a stronger story. A story of happiness. Of belonging, identity, pride, humility, love, song and dance. We need to tap into the warrior spirit of our young people. They are seeking it, and finding a seductive message on MTV rather than from their own people. We need to tell a better story.