VOICE OF WISDOM & MODERN MYTHOLOGY
6-STEP ENGAGED LEARNING APPROACH
Creating a spark of interest through a dynamic music-video, documentary segment or audio / video storytelling piece, as an engaging way to begin exploration of a particular theme.
Presenting professional-quality music video productions featuring a local Hip-Hop artist delivered in dynamic form (skillful lyricism, performance and visual storytelling), to introduce a particular topic / idea.
Expanding on the theme with indigenous elder wisdom teachings, providing an integrated view of the subject.
A range of cohesive, life-affirming themes will be covered, both from a collective perspective, such as environmental education, healthy community values and social responsibility, and the personal, such as sustaining mental health, self-worth and restoring connection within oneself, one’s environment and one’s community.
Creating & setting the (Sacred) space with the talking circle, which represents a small-scale community, establishing a culture of respect & equality where everyone is free to share.
Utilizing Wisdomkeeper question prompts
Activating an exploration of one’s authentic thoughts, feelings and inner-truth
Facilitating nature-based connection and learning experiences (if environment allows, or can be lead virtually)
Leading students through a guided breathing practice and visualization, with drumming or background soundscape music
Offering ways to connect with one's inner-landscape, such as meditation and breathing practices, to access helpful and empowering tools that anyone can use on a daily-basis
Exploring creativity as a catalyst for positive self-expression and healing.
Encouraging the development of self-directed goal-setting, discipline and professional skill development that will be applicable to a career path while learning from professional mentors.
Areas of focus: poetry, Hip-Hop lyricism, songwriting, spoken-word performance, music-video and documentary video production.
Providing opportunities for students to perform or showcase their work
Students will receive the positive feedback from the community which is an acknowledgement of their work and their voice.
Helping to affirm self-worth and self-belief, encouraging a commitment to ongoing skill-development, as they consider a career path and place in the world, ideally with a newfound sense of belonging, with purpose, as a valuable part of the community.
WHAT IS OUR MODERN MYTHOLOGY?
Young people all over the world are recognizing that a new story is needed and they are seeking that but unfortunately there is almost nowhere to go to express this. Without the support of a community, as a result, a lot of the times these expressions turn into frustration, rage, depression and other forms of grief. This energy could be seen as “rebellious” at an age when they would normally be going through an initiation, if an intact and healthy village was in place.
Corporate-owned media narratives are not the only reality, but many people have gotten lost in this illusion, especially with the increased use of modern-technology and screen-time. Historically, within cultures all over the world, community was informed through the visions and dreams that people would have. This would not just be one special person but the dreams that are moving through the village, with each person contributing to the evolving vision of the community. Also, ceremonies such as the vision quest, where people would go up on the mountain to seek an understanding and clarity of their purpose, would provide a way of receiving such information. They would come down with gifts for the village and the collective story would change. Although at this time we may not have the capacity to take youth out to vision quest, at least we can hold space for a virtual talking circle where everyone’s voice is heard, honored and respected.
We believe the collective healing of society's grief is manifested through individual healing, supported by community. Our dream is for the younger generation to experience this, to express their unique voice, awaken to their gifts and be a part of creating solutions, grounded in community-values and traditional life-ways.
Examples of documentary material & music videos used in our program:
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