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Roberto Danise


Articles by Roberto Danise

The power of dreams

Dreams can be the difference between hope and despair among our young people. Intergenerational wisdom, preserved throughout Indian country, reminds us of the tremendous power of personal and collective dreams. We could say, our life remains incomplete until we have embraced our dream. Our greatest teachers are the ones who help others in...

The art of communication

The Huichol Indians have a beautiful ceremony to restore harmony into their community. Every year, all of the members of the tribe come together. They form a circle and build a bonfire in the center. Then, one by one, they go around the circle, facing each community member. The one going the circle...

Defining where you are going

Elders from all tribes have told us that a "vision" is essential for our well-being. The past forms you or deforms you. But the future - a vision - "transforms" you. We are defined not only by where we have been. We are defined, also, by where we are going. That is why are...

Curanderismo

Curanderismo is the name that the Spanish gave to the traditional healing practices of the Indians of Mexico. Curanderismo is to modern medicine what philosophy is to science. It is its origin and still its constant companion. In the other hand, the dichotomy between modern medicine and ancestral medicine is beginning to among...

Good medicine for the world

Indian America has given medicines, food, resources and wisdom to the four corners of the Earth, literally touching every single member of the human family of today. Indian wisdom has given us corn, a crop that through thousands of years of careful breeding, Indian farmers adapted to any weather and any kind land...

Education in Indian Country

"To bring forth what is within." That is the original meaning of "education." And that is exactly what was not given to the American Indians after colonization. Formal education for the indigenous people had nothing to do with them, their history, languages, cultures and values. It was an imposition. The more they exposed...

Healthy Living in Indian Country

Traditional healers in Indian country speak to us about four elements and how their balance is essential for our well being. For the Mayas and Toltecs they are known as the four suns of healing, and their use is widespread in traditional healing practices known as "Curanderismo." 1. Land, the first sun. The sun,...

Vocation in Indian Country

Vocation is an essential component in the transition from childhood to adulthood. In traditional Indian psychology, it is the ability to listen and follow "the voice within" that determines the emotional health of the individual. And that is the crisis that many youngsters are facing in Indian country, a crisis in vocation. Youth a..

Breaking unhealthy rules

Given the enormous suffering inflicted on Indian country over the centuries, there is always the feeling that nothing can ever be good enough, including the lives of those working for its wellbeing. This suffering translates into rules that continue to harm even the most dedicated of our members who doing...

Violence or hope: Choose your path

In Indian country we are at a crossroads. On one side we have the path of hope, the one of community making. On the other, we have the way of despair, the way of gangs and violence. I have identified 20 trends among our kids and young adults that to...