Michael Caduto: Making Peace, Olakamigenoka

This, the Storytelling for Environmental Stewardship Program, eventually involved more than 50 individuals from 20 organizations in the Middle East and led to a book published in December 2017 — an illustrated anthology of children’s stories called “The Garden of Wisdom: Earth Tales from the Middle East.”

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Sokoki Sojourn

In the spring of 2010, I was asked by members of the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College to help with a Peace Pole they were erecting in the Memorial Garden next to the church. Knowing that I had worked with members of the Abenaki Nation, and that I teach about Abenaki culture in my programs and writing, I was asked, “How do you say, in Abenaki, ‘May peace prevail on Earth?’”

I discovered that the Abenaki word for peace, olakámigénoká, is a verb that reflects an entirely different concept of “peace” than we express in the English language. Olakámigénoká, “make peace,” is a linguistic window into the Abenaki world view, in which peace is more than a state of tranquility that exists in the absence of violence: Peace is an act that one makes toward other people and the rest of creation.

A few years earlier, in April 2006…

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6 thoughts on “Michael Caduto: Making Peace, Olakamigenoka

  1. Just to say… I left the Lutheran church. I felt treated badly for my Illness. Further, was mistreated at a website for the same. So, starting now, am posting my own exposes on what I, for one, have seen personally. I hate having it presumed that I am a “Christian” merely because I have white skin. I believe that, if the unknown is unknown, then it is reasonable to paint it any color I like… Sorry for being off-topic, and thanks for still following.

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    1. I had a brother-in-law who grew up in redneck Harrisburg, OR. He drunkenly lazed in his castle at Christmastime in 1989, I remember, spouting that “we” should deport the “niggers and the chinks.” Send them all back where they came from. My nephew, his middle son, was nervous. I wanted to say to my brother-in-law, “Where would you send Native Americans?” And I know now that I’ve said it anyway. There’s nothing but bad blood between me and those relatives and their stubborn misconceptions. I know that racism is nurture, not nature. I have a lot of very positive grade school memories. We 8yos and 9yos mostly legislated ourselves on the playground or wherever. It usually wasn’t like _Heart of Darkness_ or _Lord of the Flies_. I am embarrassed for Conrad and Golding. Human nature was much kinder and more dynamic than that, if indeed there were a state of nature at all. Thank you.

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