Brink of destruction: Losing Heritage, Culture, Storytellers

Brink of destruction: Losing Heritage, Culture, Storytellers

Christian Narcissism: Attack on Indigenous heritage, culture

Racism, spiritual terrorism and the loss of Indigenous culture are among numerous social issues being targeted by the Turtle Island Project - founded in northern Michigan in August 2007.

A pair of Midwest pastors launched the Turtle Island Project because they believe the world is sitting on the brink of important cultural, economic and religious issues that will either allow humans to prosper in harmony with the Earth or become the only species to cause its own extinction.

Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard and Rev. Dr. George Cairns say some - if not many - Christians belittle the knowledge and heritage of Indigenous cultures like Native Americans, Celts and other centuries-old religions and beliefs that are aligned closely with nature and the environment.

They believe we can all learn a lot about nature and the environment by listening to these Earth-based cultures.

Rev. Hubbard is a Lutheran pastor, and Rev. Cairns is an ordained United Church of Christ minister.

Both have extensive backgrounds in interfaith and multi-cultural work.

The Turtle Island Project (TIP), based in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, promotes respect for the environment and Native Americans.

Turtle Island Project volunteer media advisor Greg Peterson has more on the founders and their goals.

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In Sept. 25, 2007 Rev. Hubbard spoke to college students, tribal educators and others during the annual United Conference at Northern Michigan University.
Conference topics included diversity and other issues like the abuse and !#%#ual mutilation of girls and women in Africa - and racism against Native Americans
Rev. Hubbard said some Christians are too quick to dismiss the teachings of Native Americans.
Hubbard said whites can learn a lot from NA storytellers, myths and other Earth based teachings.

Rev. Hubbard says Native Americans know that not everything can be described in words alone.

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