I met Jack Weatherford in 1990 after reading his book Indian Givers, How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World. We set out on a project to create a television series based on his books, Indian Givers and Native Roots, to excite interest in exploring the ideas, cultures, and contributions of our indigenous peoples beginning with the people of the Americas, the indigenous people of what was once called the new world.
In 1996, we put the project on hold until we could create a place on the web where viewers could explore opportunities to learn, experience, and pursue the interests we hoped to excite.
Now, in our theatre of the new world, the world of digital media, it is possible for indigenous peoples to tell their own stories, and explore their culture, and create connections with their cultures to the world interested in exploring the ideas, the contributions, and the cultural evolution of our native cultures for creative connections. The circle is open.
The opportunity is open for all. The opportunity to contribute to and explore our knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the contributions of our native cultures to our creative evolution. This is an opportunity to create a future for our heritage to create our heritage for the future.
The story describing the Native Roots television series sets the stage for creating the Native Roots Story in our Theatre of a New World.
Native Roots as a Television Series
The idea for Native Roots as a television series opens with the following observation.
As we near the end of the 20th Century there is apprehension and concern about our future. Our political, economic, and social systems do not appear to be serving us well. Technology is a mixed blessing. Awareness of significant threats to our existence is growing. And we are beginning to question the value systems underlying our dominant culture.
At the same time, we are more aware than ever that a life of personal fulfillment, freedom, and empowerment is possible and that we can achieve this by taking personal responsibility for ourselves, for others, and for the world in which we live. We are also aware that it requires each of us who understand this to act on that knowledge and to give others the knowledge, insights, and understanding that will empower them to act.
Positive change is possible. It lies in our ability to learn and to communicate.
The idea closes with the following opportunity.
There is no other project like this. This is not just a series but the presentation of a world view. Not just a revisionist history, but contemporary realities and future possibilities. Not a story of bleakness, guilt, or dire warning, but a tapestry of hope, vision and celebration.
It is an opportunity to create a new model on how to use the power of the media and the communication technology available to us today to educate more people on the value of our diverse cultures and the role we can play in improving the quality of life.
The perspective is global, the opportunity is immense, the story is captivating, and the learning is important. The circle is open for everyone to become a part of it and share the gift.
Native Roots as a creative community enterprise
Native Roots as a creative community enterprise began to evolve in my pursuit of exploring how we can use the world wide web to connect people who watched the Native Roots television series with opportunities to explore, experience, learn, create connections, and contribute to our common interests in creating a better future for our world.
Exploring our past to improve our ability to creating a better future could begin appropriately with an exploration of the stories, ideas, evolution, and the cultural and creative contributions of indigenous peoples. This is how we could open the circle to give more people an opportunity to contribute and more people the opportunity to benefit from learning about the gifts of our native cultures.
This is how Quantum Ideas started and where the story for this creative community enterprise is now. Imagining how we can create community around our common human interests and make creative community enterprise around ideas and opportunities to create a new world possible.
This idea for Native Roots as a creative community enterprise opens with the following opportunity.
There is no other project like this. It is an opportunity to create a new model on how to use the power of the media and the communication technology available to us today to give more people the opportunity to explore our creative evolution, our creative experience, our creative resources, and our possibilities for creating our future and the future of our world.
The perspective is global, the opportunity is immense, the timing is critical, and we have the power and the ability. The circle is open for everyone to become a part of creating the story.