How Speaking English Impacts Our Relationship With Nature - Arthur Haines #12

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Arthur Haines and I continue our discussion of the NeoAboriginal Lifeway. In this episode, Arthur shows us how the English language restricts our worldview, and why we should consider learning an indigenous language to cultivate the feral mindset.

Episode Breakdown:

  • The wild experience vs. the civilized experience
  • The language of imperialism
  • How Arthur became interested in learning an indigenous language
  • Language shapes how we think
  • Loss of language diversity
  • The narrow aperture of the English language
  • English is a language of war
  • Indigenous languages integrate verbs into the landscape
  • Freedom of mind
  • Religion and language
  • Language of a fluid worldview
  • Experiencing life as verbs and not as nouns
  • "Spending time"
  • Future of the Passamaquoddy language
  • How Arthur integrates Passamaquoddy into his lifestyle
  • Exploring languages indigenous to your area
  • Indigenous language reveals water as medicine


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Meet Arthur

Greetings! My name is Arthur Haines and I’ve been helping people explore human ecology for over 20 years. I’ve done this with the mission of developing deep awareness of and connection to nature, promoting individual health, and fostering self-reliance. Wild food is a passion of mine, and through this, I offer a glimpse of our past and a new picture of our future. Through this knowledge, and many other facets of our shared ancestral lifeways, we can awaken a rewilding of our body, mind, and heart.

I endeavor to share knowledge garnered from this perspective, one that merges the material knowledge of present-day people with the ecological knowledge of ancestral people.

You can find Arthur on Facebook and on his website