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Rites of Passage Leadership

Aidon and Natalia are back this week for Adventure Scouts, after completing a 2-week leadership intensive course on restoring rites of passage for youth. This is the new family of youth leaders, mentors, and guides from around the country and the world, they met…

Northwest Naturalist

Congratulations to our Program Director, Natalia Brightwood, for completing the Tidelands to Timberline naturalist program through the Jefferson Land Trust last month. We’re very excited to have her pass along the invaluable knowledge she gained from this amazing 8 week field course to our…

Germanic Tribal Histories

Pite Sámi Wheel of the Year

For some time now, I have been asked how our calendar correlates to neo-wiccan, neo-pagan, reconstructionist, and modern-day calendars.  It’s difficult to correlate some of the neo calendars, because they are based largely on a Gregorian calendar, which is named after Pope Gregory XIII, who,…

Appropriation vs Dissemination

In the work that I do throughout the world, I find myself in many neo-pagan/wiccan circles and groups.  Among these groups, I see considerable appropriation of indigenous peoples customs and languages into what they do.  It’s rampant.  The amount of white people that I…

Day of the Sámi People

Poulsbo, WA – On December 1, 2018, I petitioned the Mayor of the City of Poulsbo to make a proclamation that February 6th be named the Day of the Sámi People in the city. Poulsbo proudly calls itself Viking City, and takes great measures…

Norway – The Colonial Power

Imagine this. Close to a small lake, there is a little building. It has stood there for 120 years – ever since your ancestors, who lived off fishing and foraging, built it. Your grandmother brings you to this place to pass your people’s traditions…