Native American Tricksters, Martians & Myths: (Re)Imagining Sustainable Communities Through Mythology & Science Fiction
MYTHOLOGIES & SCIENCE FICTION
AS CONTEXTS TO EXPLORE
Joss French, Ph.D.!
Kurt Love, Ph.D.!
Sustainable Farm School
Studies Association !
November 2, 2013
From the moment we are born,
the world tends to have a
container already built for us
to ﬁt inside: A social security
number, a gender, a race,
a profession or an I.Q. I ponder
if we are more deﬁned by the
container we are in, rather than
what we are inside. Would we
recognize ourselves if we could
expand beyond our bodies?
Would we still be able to exist
if we were authentically
Myths are “stories”
acting as banks that
store cultural values,
origins of thinking,
rituals, and traditions
that might otherwise be
Myths can help to
question dominant and
A Question For All You
Tricksters, Avatars & Aliens
How Do We Transform Our
Present Eco-Social Realities?
Where the roots of our domination over each other come
from the same root of domination we feel over the earth. . .
Where when our biodiversity is threatened and so is our
cultural diversity . . .
Where when dominant elites exploit the earth and
subordinate peoples and beings for their own beneﬁt. . .
Where when our very social justice, critical social theories,
and multiculturalism are often anthropocentric (human
over nature) . . .
and to other Realities . . ?
1. Where eco-racism is eliminated?!
2. Where we “revitalize the commons” to create a
balance between market and non-market aspects of
3. Where we end the industrialized nations’ exploitation
and cultural colonization of third-world nations?!
4. Where we ensure that the hubris and ideology of
Western industrial culture does not diminish future
generations’ ways of living and quality of life?!
5. Where we support an “Earth Democracy”--the right of
nature to ﬂourish rather than be contingent upon the
demands of humans
Summary points of ecojustice theory!
How Do We Get There?
. . . to want to (re)imagine sustainable eco-social communities?!
. . . to want to (re)create sustainable eco-social communities?!
. . . to want to expand or become
(un)contained beyond ourselves?
Why Was Steven’s
How Did this Happen?
Seed of Unmasking
Creating a Compassionate Community Where Social
Imagination Thrives With Endless Possibilities
Seed Of Unmasking: Hearts & Minds Without Fear
Seed of Unmasking: Hearts & Minds Without Fear
Mask Documentary: Echoes From A
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10, 2012, from Dissertations & Theses: Full Text. (Publication No. AAT 315 7797)
Clark, B. A. & French, J.J. (May 2014, in press). Hearts and minds without fear:
Unmasking the sacred in teacher preparation. In B.L. Reck, (Ed.) Center of Partnerships
for Arts-Integrated Teaching (Book Series Inaugural Selection). Charlotte, NC:
Information Age Publishing.
Hearts and Minds Without Fear:
Echoes from a Child’s Soul:
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