The Center for World Indigenous Studies celebrates its 36th year since its founding in 1979 ready to meet the ground-up challenges presented by a greatly more immediate world. Radio, Television, Internet, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the whole lot make the world more accessible. But, the very existence of so many corporate and personal mechanism for communication can become a kind of “information pollution.” With so many different avenues for information the level of understanding and the kinds of information can render “information” a liability. Everyone including individuals, governments, corporations, organizations and more have opinions—often self-serving opinions. How to sort through all of that has become an enormous problem that has tended to divide the world into different “information camps.” The Center for World Indigenous Studies does have a point of view, but it is committed to serving as a reliable, trusted and honorable source of accurate, testable and applicable information. We are focused on the application of indigenous knowledge through research, education and analysis. We aim to maintain the very highest standards. If our supporters find we have got something wrong, we will correct the mistakes. We are responsible world-wide.
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The Center’s Fourth World Journal (http://cwis.org/FWJ/), Fourth World Eye (http://cwis.org/FWE/) and DayKeeper Press (http://cwis.org/DayKeeperPress/) offer pathways for disseminating CWIS produced research, education and analysis. The GOOD NEWS is that these publications are now joined by Intercontinental Cry Magazine (https://intercontinentalcry.org/) now available as CWIS collaborates to produce this extraordinary magazine.
The Center’s Education Program is inaugurating online courses through the CWIS WEB Conference that begins in late January. This program offers both free and pay attendee seminars and classes that are yet another path for disseminating CWIS Fourth World Studies and Traditional Healing Arts and Sciences research, education and analysis. Watch for new announcements for single classes and certificate program offerings.
With Associate Scholars, Board Members, Researchers, and Analysts working from virtually every continent the Center for World Indigenous Studies presents a unique perspective. We aim to understand more indigenous knowledge systems (there are many), systems of indigenous science that have been and are being applied throughout the world for thousands of years. Contrary to the popular (and incorrect) view, indigenous knowledge systems can and do explain and describe our physical and metaphysical world in ways that made water systems transport water up hill (in Tibet, South Western US, the Quechua territories in the Andes, for example) and construct precise time measuring mechanisms, counting systems, and even engineering knowledge that built major pyramids and cities. We do not dismiss these sources of knowledge, but seek to understand and apply them in the present era. The problems now festering the world such as the adverse effects of human generated pollution on global climate, spreading global contagions, social breakdown in communities, displacement of populations due to human created wars and climate changes, and the contamination of global seas benefit from the application of knowledge systems of a local as well as regional and hemispheric nature.
The Center for World Indigenous Studies is developing new and different methods for conducting research that can benefit not only indigenous communities and nations, but populations that make up states and territories.
We look to more scholars, activists, researchers and educators to join with us in this effort to learn and apply ancient knowledge systems for Fourth World peoples and the benefit of all humanity.
The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.access here