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****Ancient Spirit Rising is the recipient of a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Current Events/Social Change category.**** Come back to your roots! Drawing on cultural studies and contemporary social justice, "Ancient Spirit Rising" examines the loss of our vital ethnocultural connection to tribe and place, and why there is a trend to borrow identities from ot ...more
Paperback, 415 pages
Published August 30th 2015 by Stone Circle Press
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Jules K
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A genuinely fearless work seeking to provide a road map to allyship to both indigenous peoples and the earth itself. While not a flawless piece of scholarship, it is the book I will hand to those needing a primer on cultural appropriation, decolonization, and ally theory. It accessibly moves across a number of vital social justice theories and wove a beautiful call to action. A deeply important work for our times.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, spirituality
I LOVE this book, a sort of "textbook for the rest of us" - if you're not a college radical anymore, especially, and need to get in tune with where we've arrived at this point, this is a phenomenal place to begin (though honestly, I think it would also be a great college textbook). Yes, it's true, I started reading it in May, 2017 - and yes, it's true, I'm not finished with it.

The first several chapters are a lot to chew on, and for many of us, even those of us who've already put a lot of effor
Louise Hewett
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the contents page of Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community by Pegi Eyers, we find two subheadings: Stolen Treasure and Authentic Treasure. But this book is in itself a treasure. With a great amount of research, detail, vision, passion and compassion, Pegi Eyers invites the reader on a quest to unravel and heal the harms that the colonisation of indigenous peoples by white Europeans has caused. She addresses those of European “white” ancestral background, tho ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ok first of all this book seriously needs an editor! like, seriously. there is a lot of information repeated and disorganized and it would be a much more powerful read if the writing was pulled together into a more coherent spiral.

that said: solid resource laying out the case for why white people need to stop appropriating indigenous (to turtle island) spirituality & why/how to "re-indigenize" ourselves (to the lands our ancestors are from, NOT pulling a joboy & playing pretendian on these terri
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been integral to my journey back to being in commune with Earth. Colonialism travels through settler lines whether one likes it or not. We must confront the consumers in ourselves to end this legacy of violence. I see how colonialism is rife in the spiritual "industry" (ugh) and reading Pegi's book was like a breath of fresh air. My own observations on the topic were validated and furthered. I am glad I came across this book, I was looking for how I fit into this world that my own ...more
Rob McDonald
I think the content is super useful, but this book badly needs more editing. Sentences and topics run on and on with irrelevant or repetitive text. I skipped sections because I got the point of what she was saying long before she was done saying it.
Actual Rating 6 awesomeness Stars

Great book with a lot of useful info that is helpful and stransformative in it's approach regarding a bunch of very important current issues!
Thalla Rothach
Mar 28, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The second half of the book is the bad part, because she no longer cites Native American authors, instead using crystal-waving yahoos in California as references. In the first half, which discusses the plight of Native Americans and their struggles with autonomy and decolonization, the sources of the information are impeccable and is an excellent introduction, for White people, wanting to understand Native American issues.

The second half, about White people re-indigenizing, throws everything lea
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Author of "Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community" Pegi Eyers is occupied with challenging worldviews, contributing to the paradigm shift and working with the uncolonization process in herself and others. A Celtic Animist who sees the world through a spiritual lens, she is a devotee of nature-based culture and all that is sacred to the Earth. Pegi Eyers is an advo ...more

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“Animism is the way humanity has been deeply connected to the land and its seasonal cycles for millennia, in rapport and conversation with the animals, plants, elements, Ancestors and earth spirits. The opposite of animism is the “cult of the individual” so celebrated in modern society, and the loss of the animist worldview is at the root of our spiritual disconnect and looming ecological crisis. Human beings are just one strand woven into the complex systems of Earth Community, and the animistic perspective is fundamental to the paradigm shift, and the recovery of our own ancestral wisdom.” 4 likes
“As stripped of our ancestral knowledge as we Settlers seem to be, we defy the position of patriarchal dominance and undermine the notion of cultural superiority when we reclaim the roots of our authentic indigenity. It is our birthright as human beings to declare our true status as People of the Earth (as it is for all cultural groups), and if we collectively reject the delusional separation from nature that Empire has forced upon us, we move back into right relationship with Earth Community. Anchoring ourselves deeply into our earth-honoring culture and reclaiming our EIK (European Indigenous Knowledge) is a powerful blow against the monolith of cultural imperialism. (Page 43, Chapter 6, “We All Have IK”)” 1 likes
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