Tuiscint na Talún

is creating educational content for decolonising in Ireland

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Reclaiming the Silver Branch (standard)

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Standard subscriber tier for the Reclaiming the Silver Branch exclusive online monthly content subscription. Included in the monthly subscription is:
  • At least one story, folktale, or myth reading accompanied with some discussion and analysis from within decolonial and other critical theory frameworks. The analysis is aimed at being relevant for the current time in navigating climate breakdown and colonial modernity. The stories will be primarily from Irish folklore and mythology, with some others that may make their way in.
  • At least one long audio recording from a place of cultural significance in Ireland. This recording has many potential uses. It can be used for your own meditation, contemplation, relaxation, or in helping you to re-connect your senses with sacred places across Ireland.
  • At least one ‘audio walk’ where you can listen along as I walk to a place of cultural significance in Ireland. This will usually accompany the longer audio recording of the place as I walk to it.
  • Potential other bonus tidbits here and there as they dream themselves into being manifested! This could include pieces of lore, recipes, podcasts, and who knows what else. Your support allows me to spend the time creating this content, so the more support it gets, the more that will make its way into the goodie bag each month.
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  • Field recordings from Ireland

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Advanced subscriber tier for the Reclaiming the Silver Branch exclusive online monthly content subscription. Included in the monthly subscription is:
  • Everything in the Standard subscriber tier
  • A 1-hour long monthly 1-to-1 discussion with Jimmy from Tuiscint na Talún over Zoom to talk about that month's content or related topics in more depth
  • 20% off Tuiscint na Talún events, online and in-person (min. sub 3 months)
  • Monthly 1-to-1 Zoom call
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About Tuiscint na Talún

https://www.talun.ie

What is Tuiscint na Talún?

Tuiscint na Talún can translate to ‘wisdom of the land’ from Irish. It is a philosophy that calls us listen to the wisdom the land herself possesses. Tuiscint na Talún is an education project that is focused on exploring ways that we can de-link from colonial modernity in Ireland and re-member our ancestral lifeways that were attuned to the land. It encompasses creative and scholarly approaches that jointly seek to cultivate an earthly value system towards collective liberation. The task is to find ways of navigating away from harmful modern/colonial thought processes and structures, and remember the ways of attuning our senses to the land through ancestral wisdom. This means recognising the land itself as the most fundamental teacher in our lives, and actively seeking out the lessons it can share with us in a relationship based on reciprocity. ‘Land’ here is meant in a holistic way, encompassing all of existence: the physical Earth, animals, plants, rocks, humans, bacteria, fungi, water, wind, gravity, sound, fire, dreams, and everything else that emerges from it.
We strongly believe that the knowledges that need to be (re)created for futures without coloniality and the colonial way of being need to be regenerated through communal and socially engaged processes. To this end, we provide pedagogical spaces to explore radical ideas around land and ancestral ‘reconnection’. This requires, in part, picking apart some of the deeply buried obstacles that must be confronted as part of that process such as epistemic (knowledge) whiteness and the assumptions and ways of relating to the world that stem from it.
In Western colonial culture, ‘nature’ is seen to be out there beyond society, away from humans, as something to be managed and controlled for resources, development, or conservation. Breaking down this illusion that we are somehow separate from ‘nature’, or the land, is a critical task at this historical juncture for us as a species as we face the growing material realities of our own extinction driven by the unsustainability of our sociopolitical present. Climate breakdown and the global pandemic of COVID-19 have made the deep instability of modern life ever more apparent, with both of these processes resulting from modern society’s estrangement from the land. Conversely, as our ancestors’ lifeways were inherently more ‘sustainable’ than ours, establishing a reconnective relationship with them may serve us well as a creative process for re-establishing the communal relationships that once existed between people and the living world. This is not to seek a return to an imagined past, but to imagine the beyond. We seek to build from ancestral wisdoms and fuse them with contemporary liberatory knowledges in order to shape a society based on values such as: reciprocity, respect, solidarity, and listening. Thus one of our aims is to explore what and how we can learn from the Land herself as a wise and ancient being that our ancestors were intimately attuned to, and that has lived through many cataclysms before. What can it teach us in this time of interlocking crises, and how can our ancestral lifeways illuminate pathways to deeper corporeal understandings of the cosmos than what we currently live in modern society?

Acknowledging Indigenous teachers

The approaches taken by Tuiscint na Talún owe to Indigenous peoples around the planet who, through academic research, activism, art, and cultural work, have articulated the imperative for decolonising our minds and re-centring indigenous values and cultural practices wherever we are, no matter how deeply buried they may be from our lived realities. This is our attempt at re-membering, re-centring and living those values and practices.

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