Inherited Silence: Listening to the Land, Healing the Colonizer Mind launched in early September at an outdoor celebration on unceded Lisjan Ohlone land in what’s now Oakland, California. Sixty-five guests, including members of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, enjoyed a beautiful, cool evening with readings from the book, food from Wahpepah’s Kitchen, and each others’ company. The event raised nearly $800 for Sogorea Te.’ through book sales and donations. (Within days, this organization received five acres of parkland donated by the City of Oakland—the first known Indigenous landback transaction offered by a US city!)
In the coming year, Louise is planning book events—especially in conversation with people who are carrying on the land, ancestral, and social healing work begun in the book. Events will be listed on this site and in the New Village Press newsletter as they take shape.
547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Sermon and Workshop
Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 10:30am, in person and livestreamed
With follow up Workshop, Saturday, September 23, 2023
While researching my settler-ancestors and the land they took for their own in Northern California, I saw that colonization was far more violent than I had learned in school. Indigenous friends introduced me to the Native American idea of “the soul wound”–the deep and ongoing injury of colonization that affects not just the Original People but also perpetrators and the land itself. The soul wound is intergenerational and cumulative. I believe its effect on the perpetrators–where it is near-totally unrecognized–has led to the challenging environmental and social problems we face today. I have been awed and impressed with the healing underway in many Native communities, but we settler-descendants and beneficiaries of conquest are only beginning to see the painful work needed to heal with integrity from the wounds we also carry. Grief, apology, and repair must begin with the truth of what happened. Indigenous elders have said, “We don’t speak of these things without ceremony.” So, I am grateful for this sanctuary space with you–where we can begin to acknowledge the harm done in our name, reconnect with our true human goodness, and heal together.
Friends Association for Higher Education
Learning the Truth about Colonization from Family History
June 12–15, 2023 | Online — access limited to conference registrants.
A talk at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Friends (Quaker) Association for Higher Education, on the theme Quakers, Colonization, and Decolonization.
Click image below to view video of Louise’s presentation.
The Praxis Peace Institute
Listening to the Land, Healing the Colonizer Mind
Thursday, May 4, at 4pm Pacific US/Canada | Tickets $20
From the Praxis Peace Institute website: Louise Dunlap’s new book, Inherited Silence: Listening to the Land, Healing the Colonizer Mind, is an insightful look at the historical damages early colonizers of America caused and how their descendants may heal the harm done to the earth and indigenous people. Dunlap tells the story of California’s Napa Valley — how the land fared during the onslaught of colonization and how it fares through drought, flooding, development, and wildfires that resulted from the colonial mind.
The Earth Holder Community presents
Ancestors as Earth Holders
Sunday, March 12, 11am-12:30pm Eastern US/Canada
With Ecotherapist J. Phoenix Smith, Louise will lead the Online Earth Holder Sangha, a mindfulness group in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh that is dedicated to the care of Mother Earth. We’ll explore the resonance between Buddhist and West African teachings with reference to ancestors and our responsibilities to heal their suffering and that of the earth.
Healing the Wounds of Colonization
On February 5, 2023, Louise gave the guest message (sermon) for the Sunday Service at the Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists, 1625 Salvador Ave, Napa CA.
Beyond Inherited Silence: Diving deeper into ancestors and repair
Video from an online event, January 12, 2023. Louise Dunlap with Hilary Giovale (Reparative Philanthropist) and Morgan Curtis (Ancestor and Money Coach)
Listening to the Napa Land
Video from Napa Bookmine with Patricia Damery, September 29, 2022
Ceremonial Dialogue on Ancestral Healing and Liberation Ecotherapy
Video from event with the Alliance for Ecotherapy and Social Justice, October 6, 2022
Telling the Truth About Our Ancestors
Video from event at the Napa Library, November 10, 2022