It is our desire to honor the ancestors' way, to bring this vision into being through our timeless ceremonies, expressed through our languages and held with the dignity of our peoples. Only then can we truly take on the rights, responsibilities and care for our collective future.
THE LEAGUE OF INDIGENOUS VOICES (LIV)
The League of Indigenous Voices (LIV) seeks to weave our world’s Indigenous voices with active participation in building relationships of understanding, knowledge and empathy to create positive global, societal and bio-cultural health and harmony. LIV recognizes the global diversity of our vast human ecology and nurtures the collective Indigenous voices of all.
Among Indigenous Peoples of our world, ceremony and protocol, story, song, dance and the arts are critical to teaching and passing on the knowledge and practices of the Ancestors. Ancestral voices—carried across a long trajectory of history—provide the paradigm for conduct, stability, and survival, an internal creative capacity that gives meaning to Indigenous ways of life, even in times of cataclysmic change.
Stories, songs, traditional arts and ceremonial practices are the most important mediums for conveying Indigenous truths, values and ethics in relationship to all of Life. No matter how different and ever-changing the world may be, the timeless truths, values and ethics of the world’s Indigenous Peoples will teach us how to live in balanced relationship with all of Creation.
PURPOSES OF LIV:
To acknowledge and embody the wisdom and knowledge of the Ancestors
To identify and practice cultural protocols and sacred connections among global Indigenous communities
To support Indigenous leadership based on their sacred principles and natural birthright
To support Indigenous families and communities and nurture the wisdom and knowledge of the children
To encourage and facilitate dialogue with non-Indigenous Peoples about Indigenous ways of relating to the earth, society and one another
GOALS OF LIV:
To engage global Indigenous communities in symposiums and educational events conducted with specific attention to cultural protocols and ways of teaching and learning
To acknowledge the traditional connections and cultural protocols practiced by Indigenous travelers on ancient transcontinental and transoceanic trade routes
To facilitate dialogue and research leading to the development of global strategies regarding Indigenous land and resource management based on Indigenous principles and practices
To advance Indigenous educational programs addressing the inter-connectivity of environmental crisis that collectively create negative conditions within the land/water ecology of Indigenous communities
To build support for the creation of coalitions and cooperative groupings of world Indigenous Peoples through educational and performance-based cultural sharing
To document, develop and distribute multilingual, digital, literary and performance-based curricula and digital media that promote indigenous health and harmony (body, mind and spirit)