What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be?

We all have ancestral narratives about people and places that have helped to form and influence us. Who, in your biological or ideological lineages, speaks to you in these times? In partnership with the Center for Humans and Nature, we're collecting and curating these responses for our websites and social media. This is new for us, so we hope you'll participate in this circle of inquiry in one or more of several ways described below.
  • At the Geography of Hope Conference, we'll be writing and videoing answers to this question, which we will selectively post to our sites. Find us there and let us know your story!
  • On Instagram or Facebook, post a photo of your ancestor with a short caption describing why you chose them (no more than 75 words). TAG YOUR PHOTO with #whatkindofancestor and @geography of hope conference (Facebook) or @geographyofhopemarin (Instagram).
  • Read other responses and write your own on the Center for Humans and Nature's Resilient Future Questions webpage.

Curated for You: Inspiration for the Road Ahead

These inspirational videos, websites, podcasts, and reading recommendations are curated to aid in your exploration of the question displayed above.

You can search all of our questions and inspirational resources using the tag cloud at the bottom of our website.


Robin Wall Kimmerer: What Does the Earth Ask?

From the Center for Humans and Nature's Questions for a Resilient Future project, Native American Writer and Elder Robin Wall Kimmerer answers the question: What Does the Earth Ask of Us?…

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John O’Donohue: Celtic Imagination

From Krista Tippett and OnBeing, this interview with Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue meanders through the landscape of the Celtic imagination, and how John's ancestral thinking, traditions—and the very language of…

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Orland Bishop: Spiritual Biography

From the New School at Commonweal, a Spiritual Biography conversation with Orland Bishop about his life, ancestral history in Africa, and work today (part 1 of 4). Orland Bishop is the…

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Recommended Reading: What Kind of Ancestor?

Wildness explores how people can become attuned to the wild community of life and also contribute to the well-being of the wild places in which we live, work, and play. Editors Gavin Van Horn and John Hausdoerffer will be at the Geography of Hope Conference this month.

Other recommended books by presenters at the Geography of Hope Conference include:
Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy, Counterpoint Press
Open Midnight: Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet by Brooke Williams, Trinity University Press
Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming by Winona LaDuke, Haymarket Books
Rice: Poems by Nikky Finney, Triquarterly
Wisdom Keeper: One Man’s Journey to Honor the Untold History of the Unangan People by Ilarion Merculieff, North Atlantic Press

Order these books from Point Reyes Books or from your local independent bookstore.

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