Dynamics of Matricultures

 DRAFT. I tentatively present eight dynamics of matricultures. They are subject to change through collaboration.

  1. Regeneration refers to the cyclical view of life in which birth, death and regeneration are natural phenomena that connects all beings. Regeneration describes not only our physical process but also the process of continuous creativity. Regeneration is illustrated by Sedna of Inuit culture.
  2. Birthing refers to the great value placed on The Maternal, in its literal & metaphoric meanings. Mother is elevated for its contribution to culture and continuity.  It includes the role of midwives who facilitate the entry from darkness to light. Birthing is illustrated in the eulogy of Mary John, Stoney Creek midwife and Carrier (Dene) elder.
  3. Relationality with land and all beings involves nondual participation in the world.  Reciprocal relationality with nature maintains balance and harmony. Relationality, particularly empathy, disrupts necrophilia’s systems of dominance.
  4. Cosmology contributes stability and groundedness by evoking a shared symbology to express the sacredness of the whole.  Cosmology deals with concepts of time, space and place.  A culture’s ethical codes are embedded in its origin stories, performed in ceremonies and represented in signs and symbols.
  5. Personhood refers to the process of becoming.  In this process, identity is formed and rites of passage are ceremonialized. Mothers give us the gift of language so that we can acquire a voice.  In spite of colonization, racism and sexism, which silence voices and impose an identity on the subaltern, indigenous cultures have found ways to keep cultural identity alive.
  6. Diversity is an indicator of biocultural continuity. It respects and welcomes difference and pluralism. Food sovereignty is reliant on biodiversity and is critical to climate change adaptation. Biocultural diversity values the preservation of languages, because ecological intelligence is embedded in language.
  7. Sharing communities develop practices of caring that help all beings flourish by designing ways to practice a sharing economy, generosity and hospitality, thus disrupting the greed which prevails in the dominant paradigm. Sharing is illustrated by the role of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women. 
  8. Governance systems.  Consensus decision-making engages the voices of all beings, including the land and the climate. All genders exercise responsibilities as protectors, defenders and warriors. Governance and political agency are illustrated in the action taken by Haida matriarchal clan leaders t.  http://discoursemedia.org/toward-reconciliation/made-haida-clan-potlatch-historic