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With regards to the liberation of the summer and winter ranges of Tipi Village, the situation would appear – especially to the left brain- dire.
For this land that we love as the places on earth to which we can point out and show our children the exact spot where some of them were born, it would be inappropriate and disrespectful to squabble over it like immature, placeless adults.
Because what we have found is a sense of place in the order of All That Is. That is the gift of this land and the process unleashed by it and that is our debt to this place.
There are connections within that understanding of place which are difficult to accommodate; whether praise, admiration or criticism, admonition. Both extremes require being met with equanimity.
There was the ‘hunter’ from the town of Rogue River, perhaps sixty miles away, who was so appalled by our presence in the wilderness that he wrote to the editor of the Mail Tribune. He claimed his family have hunted where we now live for over a hundred years. Although he didn’t say what they hunted, in that time when bands of families still roamed these mountains not only hunting but gathering, tending the wild, living, subsisting for millenea before the arrival of a people also displaced. I don’t know if those displaced people asked if it was alright if they could stay and hunt and be entitled to replace. By all accounts they didn’t ask and they perceived godless savages scrabbling in squalour.
This was before the land needed liberation, because it wasn’t claimed yet.
There are those who tell us we’re pioneers; we’re at the leading edge of a movement beyond politics into the realm of the physical, blazing a way forward for humanity to begin to integrate and re-integrate with the whole.
There was the reserved man one day when we were tabling outside the Ashland Food Co-op , troubled because, he said, for thirty years he’s swallowed what the banks have forced on him so that he can own his place. If the Land Liberation Project catches on then his land will be worthless, he said, he’ll have spent most of his life in vein. His one precious life.
Then there are the ‘deep ecologists’, some of whom project that humans are alien to Mother Earth, we have no place here, we’re just messing things up for every other form of life on earth.
It’s easy to get hung up on structures of complicated political thought and the state of the status quo. What’s real for Tipi Village is the weather is changing, the rain has come, the geese are flying calling their longing for winter place and here we are, a tiny culture of new old beginnings, like a rabbit in the headlights of the juggernaut of mainstream industrialised America. Surrounded by thousands, tens of thousands of uninhabited acres of world. We don’t know where we’re going for winter range and the left brain is freaking out a bit so the process requires a constant letting-go to intuition, feeling, always deeper to a place where unfolding happens.
So we’re stuck because, politically, a few people are bothered by how we are inspired to live. It appears to challenge the sensibilities of the camo-clad weekend hunter from town, perhaps expecting to see manicured lawns and white-picket fences, buildings or perhaps, more to the point to see nothing so he can have the place to himself a couple of weekends a year. Or the deep ecologist, given up on life, alienated from an integral and intimate process of humanity and world, perhaps afraid of death; the feeling of the safety of soft earth falling on our spent bodies, her reclamation of matter borrowed by spirit. There is also the fear of ‘property’ losing value, individual monetary value, which has only ever been an illusion since the Land Enclosures in Europe. There is a greater value in land that is culture and place within that web of myriad interconnectedness, the relationship with money being only one strand in that web. Remember this. The inherent value of everything in reality is diminished when we ascribe to it only monetary value.
The primary value of land is culture and we can grow great and powerfull when we integrate the true richness of culture, of relationship, relations, of working out and becoming conscious of the names of those relationships and honouring them for what they actually are. When we find place then we cease to be displaced. Few people, especially in America, are not displaced culturally or physically. Those who know your place, you are the richest people on the planet and you have more to share than anyone.
Sinking deeper into understanding the forces of displacement, it is beneficial for the greater good if we can understand the individuals with personal agendas. The value of their ‘property’ and the fear of it being diminished. Their desire to be ‘alone’ in the ‘wilderness’; alienated and disconnected from a confrontation with their own prejudices and inadequacies in the face of a life-way with an intention and practice of integrity, directness and open honesty.
America will truly be the ‘Land of the Free’ when the basic human right to subsist is, at least, not blocked and at best, encouraged as a way of respectfull, accountable living. When, culturally, an aspiration towards sustainable relationships -physically, socially, spiritually- is allowed, encouraged and accepted. When we can move away from patterns of life which displace us into becoming dis-connected fragments of the machine of industry.
“It is easier to contemplate the end of the world than it is to consider the end of capitalism”
And here we still are at an elevation of five thousand feet and already the days are shorter than the nights. And as I write this I don’t know where we’ll be migrating to for the winter. Happy equinox!
Yet another article in the Sunday Mail Tribune. When the author, Mark Freeman called on Friday, we didn’t give him much. We have had a surprising amount of prejudice come our way. There was a hesitancy in speaking with him.
Is it possible to fall back off the radar?
It’s an alright article, but it in no way paints the beautiful picture of this life or this time of migration (and its uniqueness in not knowing where we are going) or the process we are involved in with this land beneath our feet and homes, or the way the weather is our ‘boss’, or the changing of the seasons and it goes on……
I think Mark did alright considering he had so little from the brief phone interview.
Have a read. And feel free to help with the moral support and leave a comment there, maybe even reply to the prejudices if you are inspired….
Support The Land Liberation Project and join the raffle! Some awesome prizes include a Rogue Dwellings tipi, a new adult tricycle, an hour massage by an LMT, Lindy Kehoe artwork, Fair Ophelia Designs hooded scarf, an obsidian antler-handled knife and more being donated all the time!!
Tickets are $3 or 3 for $10 ;)
Be sure to include your email, phone and the words RAFFLE ENTRY with your payment! We will put this info on your ticket(s), draw names on the 1st of October and contact you then. Thanks!
Let your friends know about this! We have only four weeks left to liberate the summer home land of Tipi Village. Help us keep this place open for humans to live directly and intimately with the wilderness!
Contact us if you would like to donate a prize to the raffle.
Tipi Village in the Mail Tribune this morning. Thank you Mark Freeman. Check it out.
Friends and family, known and unknown, we are excited to announce that we have launched our Land Liberation Campaign! We have 41 days left to raise the funds needed to liberate the summer home of Tipi Village. This ‘liberation’ declares it will be owned by no ‘one’ individual, will never again be sold, the natural resources protected and an open place for all who are inspired to live migratory, in tipis, will be maintained. This liberation is not only for this specific piece of land nor for this specific tipi community. It extends beyond that. It is cultivating and conserving a life-way that is harmonious with the earth. Tipi Village encourages a way of life that is direct and intimate with the wild. When a culture is rooted and connected to a place and it’s plants, water and animals, there is less suffering and confusion. A deeper sense of purpose is directly related to a deep sense of place. Tipi Village wishes to continue it’s relationship with this place. We have heard many times that it isn’t for everyone. Ok. We are not proposing that it is. But we, speaking of humanity, must maintain an open place for this life-way to exist.
We have been sweetly tucked away in our little bubble in the woods for many years now. It seems that the recent events of the land owners death, the land being for sale and the contention/competition with the neighbors has pulled us out of this bubble. Or perhaps it has encouraged our bubble to grow. Maybe it’s time to share this vision more widely. At this point, it seems obvious to follow the process in raising funds to buy and liberate this land. We know how to just pitch our lodge on a flat bit of land and roll our beds out, but why not give it all we have and then let it go?
The thing is, we really need help from a wider community, which includes you. We are doing all we can from our home deep in the woods. And we are going at it from many angles. Radio interviews, newspaper articles, filming and making a campaign video, emails, phone calls, facebooking, plunging deep into ceremony, talking circles, tabling at the market and local food co-op, singing prayers, letting go, listening to the land……
Again, there are only 41 days left to raise $300,000 to liberate this land. We aim to raise a bit more than that to pay for all the costs related to the project. We have fiscal sponsorship from The Way Foundation, making contributions tax-deductible.
Please help us to spread the word far and wide. If everyone who felt inspired gave what they could, no matter how large or small, this land could be liberated and a place for all to live intimately with the natural world maintained. Together we can do this.
What you can do:
1:Make a straight, simple donation of ANY amount.
2: Buy a ‘Coyote Share’. Shares are $1000 each. A share is an ongoing connection to The Project. It’s a way of stating a clear intention of support and it’s a stake in the future. It allows for continuation. The term ‘Coyote Share’ comes from the new paradigm thinking of ‘owning’ ‘free’ land. It subverts the notion that land can ever actually be ‘owned’ and it empowers the relationship between one and Mother Earth.
3: Buy a raffle ticket.
Tickets are $3 each. Prizes include a 13′ Rogue Dwellings tipi, with poles. An obsidian, antler handled knife. An adult tricycle. A 1hr professional massage. Lindy Kehoe artwork. Fair Ophelia Designs hooded scarf. More prizes are being contributed all the time (another way to participate). The draw will be on the 1st of October and winners will be announced on www.LandLiberationProject.blogspot.com. To buy tickets online use the PayPall donate button above and include your name, phone number and the words ‘raffle entry’ in the note; we’ll fill out a ticket and put it in the hat.
4: Spread the word about the cause, pass our blog address (www.LandLiberationProject.blogspot.com) on to everyone you know even if you think they might not be interested. Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/landliberationproject
Striking sparks in dry tinder can make a big fire.
5: Watch, like and share our short campaign video at
Sending warm love and gratitude to all,
The call is out to the widest and farthest worlds. Support the Land Liberation Project!
We are tipi dwellers in Southern Oregon. As Tipi Village we have been nestled on private land within the Cascade-Siskiyou’s since 2008, migrating in the spring and autumn from the mountains to the valley.
Our priorities and inspiration are maintaining and cultivating a way of living which is spiritually and physically harmonious with the land, flora and fauna. Fauna including ourselves and our relationships and their names. We have had an amicable relationship with the land owners throughout this time and recently the land has been put up for sale.
There is a wealthy neighbour who intends to buy the land, have us removed and then sell the land to the national monument for preservation in exclusion of living, human relationship. We feel strongly that re-introducing humanity and wild, inside and outside, is of great importance at this time. Wildness is a neglected aspect of much of our species, especially in the industrialized world.
We have no interest in ‘owning property’ so we have come up with the Land Liberation Project. Land that is part of The Project will never again be sold, will belong to no ‘one’ and shall maintain an open place for any who have the inspiration to live in harmony, low-impact, movable.
This message is a call for help, guidance, ideas, money. I have spent the past twenty years with the largest part of my faith in Mother Earth, before money. This remains the case.
The land owner said we have until the 1st of October before the deal with the neighbour goes through. We’re looking at raising $300,000. We have fiscal sponsorship from the Way foundation (Earthteach) which has non-profit status to allow for tax deductible contributions. We’re reaching out in all directions. Help!