Lighting the Eighth Fire

It is now the moment of the seventh fire, and the people of the Seventh Fire do not yet walk forward; rather, they are told to turn around and retrace the steps of the ones who brought us here. Their sacred purpose is to walk back along the red road of our Ancestors' path and to gather up all the fragments that lay scattered along the trail.

​The task of the moment is to find tools that allow us to walk into the future.

Those tools are needed for lighting the eighth fire - an everlasting fire of peace that can be lit by all humans, but that depends on our actions today. 


-Heller and McElhinny, Language, Capitalism, Colonialism: Toward a Critical History (p. 15) quoting from Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants (p 368-69).

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