Future Primitive

Future Primitive is a podcasting website that presents intimate conversations with authors, visionaries and innovators from around the world. Listen to this community of voices who speak about our connection and partnership with the living Earth.

- Joanna Harcourt-Smith

April 28th, 2017

The Alive Molecule

an interview with Rak Razam and Niles Heckman

In this week’s episode Rak Razam and Niles Heckman speak with Joanna about their project “Shamans of the Global Village”, a documentary series examining indigenous entheogenic medicines and the Western shamanic resurgence. The pilot episode is called “Octavio Rettig and the Sonoran Desert Toad”.

 

Rak Razam is one of the world’s leading ‘experiential’ journalists, and author of the critically acclaimed book “Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey” and the companion volume of interviews, “The Ayahuasca Sessions”. He is a frequent lecturer on ayahuasca and the shamanic revival sweeping the West. He wrote, produced and co-directed the groundbreaking new visionary documentary “Aya: Awakenings” and has been called one of the “leading spokepersons for the new paradigm”.

Niles Heckman is a filmmaker and street photographer with a background creating visuals for high-end commercials, games cinematics, and Hollywood. He has worked with New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Marvel Studios, and is a member of three Academy Award winning teams in the animated feature and visual effects categories and a recipient for outstanding achievement in virtual cinematography. He directed the pilot episode for “Shamans of the Global Village” in 2015 and his feature debut for a documentary film entitled “Transmutation” is due for completion in 2017.

 

 

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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April 21st, 2017

Imagining A Better Way

an interview with Kathleen Dean Moore

In this week’s episode Kathleen Dean Moore speaks with Joanna about: the circle of healing; falling in love with the grace of Nature; the greatest injustice in humankind’s history; stories of grief and wonder; the guiding force of environmental activists; integrity in action beyond hope and despair; approaching three crucial tipping points; Standing Rock, an outstanding example of extraordinary courage; the will to act with compassion; freeing our imagination for a better way; the joy of doing what is right.

Kathleen Dean Moore is a writer, moral philosopher (she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado), and environmental thought-leader, devoted to an unrelenting defense of the future against those who could pillage and wreck the planet. As a writer, Kathleen is best known for award-winning books of essays that celebrate and explore the meaning of the wet, wild world of rivers, islands, and tidal shores – “Riverwalking”, “Holdfast”, “The Pine Island Paradox”, and “Wild Comfort”. Her new books are “Great Tide Rising: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage to Confront Climate Change”, and her latest, “Piano Tide: A Novel”.

 

 

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April 14th, 2017

Souls in Action

an interview with Chris Moore-Backman

In this week’s episode Chris Moore-Backman speaks with Joanna about: envisioning a movement of movements; the Gandhian iceberg, undivided love in action; satyagraha, soul-force; swaraj, reclaiming our full stature as human beings; the intimacy and authenticity of a nameless practice; the promise of a stronger, deeper activism; Standing Rock, witnessing a powerful expression of reparation; the Rosa Parks momnts; standing up with the dignity of the heart for a life-sustaining culture.

Chris Moore-Backman – scholar/educator, activist/organizer, theorist and journalist – has worked with a variety of human rights, peace, and social justice organizations, including the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Christian Peacemaker Teams, the Alternatives to Violence Project, and Right Sharing of World Resources. He has served on international peace teams in Colombia and Palestine, and is the producer of “Bringing Down the New Jim Crow”, a radio documentary series. “The Gandhian Iceberg” is Moore-Backman’s first book.

 

 

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April 7th, 2017

As The Witches Teach

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: researching the spiritual heritage of Europe; decolonization and the ancestral recovery work of Europeans and Americans; reweaving the web of culture; suppressed histories: women, peasantry, religious minorities; pan-European spinner goddesses, distaffs and Pagan women’s weaving ceremonies; a long history of domination of women, people and Nature; the earliest written records of patriarchal misogyny; the mythological encoding of male domination; the higher accuracy of oralture (oral tradition culture); the megalithic womb-tombs; the sacred mugwort and the underworld journey towards a secret, healing name; understanding the demonization of the Earth-based sacred traditions of Europe.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15,000 slides and 30,000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritages across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. It foregrounds indigenous women passed over by standard histories and highlights female spheres of power retained even in some patriarchal societies. Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts, mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100( Veleda Press, 2016). This book is Vol. VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of the Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming. She has also produced two videos on dvd: “Women’s Power in Global Perspective” (2008) and “Woman Shaman: the Ancients” (2013).

 

 

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March 24th, 2017

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Next week we’ll be back with a wonderful interview.

Love,

Joanna

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March 18th, 2017

Planting the Seeds of Consciousness

an interview with Ann Filemyr

In this week’s episode Ann Filemyr speaks with Joanna about: power as accumulation versus power as relationship; the religious persecution of Native Americans until 1978; preparing for the vision quest; a worldview where everything is animated; the intrinsic value of everything; a shift to the work of the heart; carrying out the message of the Ojibwe herbal medicine woman; planting the seeds of consciousness; a world where intimacy matters; the potential for change within us; the medicine in stories and language; giving thanks to the land; ceremonial Earth-based intensives; a song of gratitude.

Ann Filemyr, Ph.D., is the Director of the Transformational Eco-psychology Certificate program at Southwestern College & New Earth Institute in Santa Fe. She is a published poet and author – her most recent book of poetry, “Love Enough”, explores myriad expressions of intimacy and loss. Her writing explores our relationship to nature, the sacred, love and personal transformation. She served for two decades as an oshkibewis or apprentice/helper to the late mashkikikwe (Ojibwe herbal medicine woman) Keewaydinoquay. She continues to live and teach from this lineage.

 

 

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March 10th, 2017

The People of Peace

an interview with Jeremy Berg

In this week’s episode Jeremy Berg speaks with Joanna about: meeting the Sidhe, the people of peace; a visionary download of Earth’s history; an invitation to collaborate with the full range of planetary life; the collective creation of a visionary gateway; the Bard Stone’s enigmatic voice; the imagination is a doorway into another branch of being; setting up an open field of synchronicity; a more beautiful expression of what humanity can become; recognizing and honoring the life arond us; a time of wake up call and nurturing the gestation of a new world.

Jeremy Berg, MCS – Michigan, works as an educator, artist, writer and publisher and has been associated with the Lorian Association since 1976. He was trained as an architectural designer and holds a patent for a panelized arch structural system. His work in energy efficiency and earth sheltered construction have been well publicized including on the cover of Popular Science magazine. He is part of the Lorian faculty and provides teaching and technical services for Lorian education as well as working as publisher/owner of Lorian Press and Starseed Publications. He is the author of “The Gathering Light”, “Faerie Blood” and artist for the “Card Deck of the Sidhe”. Jeremy offers classes using the “Card Deck of the Sidhe” as a part of the Lorian faculty and writes occasionally in the community Blog.

 

 

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