The Worldview Required for Holistic Thinking


  • Four Arrows (Wahinkpe Topa) aka Dr. Don Trent Jacobs


Indigenous worldview, place-based wisdom, holistic education


Indigenous cultures have survived and thrived over millennia with a deep understanding of the interdependent relationships with their particular landscape. Language, ceremony, and stories allow future generations to continue such place-based knowledge. However, such holistic wisdom no longer exists in many places or is suppressed. This article proposes that rebuilding place-based wisdom requires, in addition to supporting existing Indigenous cultures' sovereignty,  re-embracing the holistic worldview precepts that stem from and apply to such traditional ecological knowledge.