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Hi everybody,

This holiday season we hope you find some time to step outside, wonder, and reflect as you immerse yourself in beauty, and maybe even the sublime. Truthsgiving may be a new holiday for you, and at Sedona Philosophy we invite you to give it a try. This is a different kind of celebration. It encourages us to set histories and cultural conceptions aright, and recommit to protecting our amazing natural world. 

All best wishes,
Oak Creek from the Smoke Trail at Red Rock State Park

Celebrate Truthsgiving

November is Native American Heritage Month. And because philosophy is about the search for Truth, we at Sedona Philosophy invite you to celebrate Truthsgiving this week.

Truthsgiving is about developing a more accurate understanding of what happened when Europeans first came to this continent, honoring Indigenous cultures, and calling attention to the ways in which colonial oppression continues today.

Here is what Seeding Sovereignty says about Truthsgiving

“We at Seeding Sovereignty honor  this time by acknowledging and educating our communities about Truthsgiving; a way we aim to share our pasts, honor our present/presence, and be mindful of our futures, not only as the original stewards of these lands, but as communities working together to ensure our collective ability to thrive.”

Below is a little of what we've learned about Indigenous experience today:

Four years ago this month, members of the Standing Rock Sioux were sprayed with water canyons in freezing temperatures for blocking pipeline construction that threatened their water source. Prior to this the pipeline was proposed to pass north of Bismark, but when local residents voiced concerns about their water supply, the pipeline was rerouted to pass closer to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation instead.

In Arizona today a copper mine is threatening the sacred site of Oak Flat:

“The San Carlos Apache Tribe, the Tonto Apache Tribe, the White Mountain Apache Tribe, the Yavapai-Apache Nation, the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe, the Gila River Indian Community, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Hopi Tribe, and the Pueblo of Zuni have visited its Emory oak groves to conduct ceremonies and gather traditional medicines for millennia.”

Further south in Arizona, the Tohono O’odham Nation is being split in two by the construction of the border wall:

“‘We’re here to bless everyone on Mother Earth, even the Border Patrol," said Manuel Osequeda Jr., a district chairman for the Tohono O’odham Nation.

And there are many, many other instances of injustices that Indigenous people continue to suffer.

We wish to honor and stand in solidarity with our Indigenous friends and neighbors. We urge you to support these communities in the protection of their land and culture, and respect Indigenous sovereignty.

The practice of philosophy begins in wonder. It leads to seeking the truth, doing what is right, and living a good life.

Petroglyphs on the Smoke Trail remind us of Red Rock State Park's original inhabitants.

Philosophy Sunday on Zoom

Philosophy Sunday Meetups are now online, so you can join from AoE (anywhere on Earth). In December we’ll discuss Seneca's letters and our guest facilitator will be Craig Van Slyke. In January our guest facilitator will be Vance Ricks and the topic is philosophy of friendship
Hope to see you soon, whether it’s online or on the trail.
If you’re coming to Sedona start with a Sedona Philosophy tour for an immersive introduction to the region’s nature, culture, and history with a philosophical twist.
Sedona Philosophy
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