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The Tree of Life Guardianship is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote, preserve, and revitalize cultural-ecosystem contingencies relevant to the life ways of indigenous communities throughout the world. The Tree of Life Guardianship accomplishes these ends through the rendering of services and resources, social, educational, spiritual and material, which aim to ensure the survival and grassroots subsistence of such people and their land bases.
The Tree of Life Guardianship stands to protect the religious rights, cultural autonomy, and survival of indigenous peoples throughout the world. The TLG works to restore or ensure the means to self-subsistent livelihoods that indigenous cultures have admirably developed over millennia--when and where original resources critical to their life ways have been lost, or are imperiled.
"Assisting the indigenous people who are saving the Earth, Our Mother"
We seek no less, than to be ambassadors of planetary health, and a well-spring of regeneration for peaceable indigenous peoples, all peoples, and all life, throughout the length and breadth of this Earth.
TLG Vision Statement
The TLG is dedicated to the preservation and rehabilitation of the earth's remaining regions of biodiversity where acts of conservation benefit, not only plant and animal species, but more significantly, endangered human societies.
The TLG thus seeks to protect the earth, by defending the peoples who guard the earth--peoples whose survival depends upon indigenous knowledge; knowledge which emerged, and is thus intertwined, within the vitality of Mother Nature herself.
The Tree of Life Guardianship was founded in Seattle, WA in 2004. It was created in response to the rapid extinction of Indigenous peoples world-wide, and the steady, accelerating rate of cultural extinction endemic to Native populations in the United States. UNESCO estimates that 90% of Native American languages will be vanish by the end of the century. As these languages disappear, their associate cultures collapse.
To date, the TLG has conducted direct surveillance of conditions affecting indigenous societies--both within and without the Western Hemisphere. The TLG has simultaneously identified causation, necessary prerequisites, and means, to enact solutions able to reverse the powerful momentum of peaked genocidal trends.
The needs affecting various communities of indigenous people varies according to culture, ecosystem, food source, economy, and the National laws that govern cultural expression/self-government.
The TLG incorporates esteemed Spiritual leaders (from indigenous territories) within the folds of its governing structure to serve the needs of tribal communitiy partnerships wisely and harmoniously.
Within the United States of America, TLG focuses on language preservation, cultural conservation, healing and spiritual regeneration.
Outside the United States, the TLG focuses on ecosystem conservation, cultural promotion, and access to critical resources affecting cultural survival.
Tree of Life Guardianship is an alliance of world indigenous leaders, who collectively guard and guide the wellbeing of endangered indigenous communities and territories. Its purpose is to foster cultures of international participation and ecological conservancy throughout indigenous lands world-wide.
The TLG is a community-based governing system that oversees Indigenous Cultural needs through a merger of partnership collectives. The TLG acts as an effective support agent within Indigenous territories--consolidating grassroots' solidarity via a branching matrix of international protectorates (satellite communities).
The manifesto of the Tree of life Guardianship is to create a network of communication satellites throughout indigenous lands in the Amazon, Borneo, Atlantic Rainforest; in the virgin Temperate forests of Siberia, the Congo, and other areas where native citizens are threatened by land eviction or encroachment. The Tree of Life Guardianship is a cooperative in the stewardship of our Mother Earth, and the life of the planet as a whole.
The Tree of Life Guardianship organizes direct assistance (of basic human and cultural needs) through joint tenureship agreements that bind the TLG to local Native Communities. Joint tenureship is cemented through collaborative efforts--with respect to land conservation easements--and woven within mutual trust partnerships. Said cooperative land guardianships unite (autochthonic) cultural leaders, and communities represented by them, to the TLG. Joint tenureship accords contractually bind the TLG to select indigenous villages that the TLG incorporates into its organizational structure through grassroots managerial participation. Inversely, these communities afford the TLG models of cultural leadership that govern the inner workings, and institutional foundations, of the TLG entity.
The cause of the Tree of Life Guardianship is to underpin archetypes of ecological stewardship that support sustainable indigenous economies. It acts to encourage the preservation of local indigenous knowledge, and to revitalize (endangered/nearly extinct) languages necessary for the transmission of this knowledge. Local Indigenous knowledge is indispensable for the enactment of sound land management practices.
Viable land management practices are elemental to indigenous cosmologies: Expressed in ceremonial knowledge, such practices are implicit in tribal industrial life and belong to the sacred order of reality. Indigenous land-use practices are highly developed, consummate systems that consign human need within contexts of ecological sustainability; local consumerism is mediated within grand overarching cycles of ecological succession and regeneration.
Purpose and Method of Approach
The principal directives embodied by the TLG portray its holistic vision and an array of solutions required for the regeneration of health and harmony among the nations of the world's indigenous peoples. Our mandates act concurrently to steward the integrity, stability, and beauty of Nature's biotic communities.
Our approach is a scientific-based planning process, designed to identify ancient indigenous cultures that are most imperiled, and/or whose difficulties can be expediently resolved. Cultures that represent unique diversity, are relatively intact, or maintain prehistoric roots, are our prime objective with regard to preservation.
In addition, cultures that are, by nature, peaceable, maintain functional models of social harmony, and that have evolved viable prototypes of ecological sustainability for our planet, are preferentially valued--to the degree that these ethics have been effectively integrated within a given society.
The Tree of Life Guardianship espouses a 'mutuality systems approach' relationship whereby endangered peoples can be enlisted as guardians, gardeners and caretakers of endangered plant and animal species--species co-inhabiting the very lands that original people depend upon for their livelihoods.
TLG Governing Structure
The TLG Board is composed of highly committed, altruistic individuals who identify with Native American cultural values. Many of these persons are spiritual leaders, chiefs, and highly valued members within their Nations of origin; many occupy positions of honorable standing in the international community. Due to careers of lifelong service, via humanitarian, ecological, and indigenous causes, the TLG board maintains an internal atmosphere of rapport and conceptual harmony; this condition is bound by core resonances of purpose, honor, devotion, and integrity.
- Markwood Hull
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