Towards Scarring our Collective Soul Wound

Cover illustration from Towards Scarring our Collective Soul Wound

Hard copies of Towards Scarring our Collective Soul Wound are available for $30 CAD (price includes shipping) at the ArtsEverywhere Shop. Half of all proceeds will be forwarded to Indigenous communities in Brazil and Peru who are part of our broader network.

Towards Scarring our Collective Soul Wound (2019), by Cash Ahenakew with a foreword by Elwood Jimmy, Vanessa Andreotti, and Sharon Stein, continues the work of Towards Braiding and speaks to how different sensibilities relate to pain. Using the Sun Dance ceremony to center the work, Ahenakew gestures to alternative forms of healing that engage an understanding of our separation from the wider metabolism of which we form a part.

Towards Scarring our Collective Soul Wound is the second book of the Towards Braiding series. This series is part of an ongoing collaborative process hosted by the Musagetes Foundation that addresses the difficulties and challenges of decolonization and Indigenization through the following questions:

• What are the conditions that make possible ethical and rigorous engagement across communities in historical dissonance that can help us move together towards improved relationships and yet-unimaginable, wiser futures as we face unprecedented global challenges?

• What are the common challenges and circularities that tend to arise in efforts to remake these relationships, and how can we be taught by these challenges and circularities so that we do not keep making the same mistakes and wasting time, energy, and resources?

• What are the guidelines and practices for ethical and respectful engagement with Indigenous senses and sensibilities (being, knowing, relationships, affects, place, space, and time) that can help us to work together in holding space for the possibility of “braiding” work between communities?

• How do we learn together to enliven these guidelines with (self-)compassion, generosity, humility, flexibility, depth, and rigour, without turning our back to (or burning out with) the complexities, paradoxes, difficulties, and pain of this work?