Wahinpke Topa (Four Arrows), aka Don Trent Jacobs
Professor with Fielding Graduate University, former Dean of Education at Oglala Lakota College, USA
The Lakota word that best describes a sense of harmony the kind of peacefulness that is both within oneself and with all creation is wolokolkiciapi. It is not about an absence of storms. It does not avoid trials and tribulations. It is a way to see the beauty and hold on to humor in the face of life’s challenges. It does promote the kind of respect that fosters the kinds of responsibilities need to live in harmony with all life. I am honored to be able to share the Indigenous perspective that guided humanity for most of human history with others whose love for Mother Earth and whose wisdom has brought them to this forum.