By Contribution

Colonialism, Cultural Healing, and the Dead

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with Pat McCabe, Butch Ware, and Daniel Foor

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Our Invitation

The Earth weeps from legacies of colonialism and human supremacy.

The dynamics of human supremacy and arrogance underlie so many of today’s struggles: profit for the few over compassion and decency for the whole, theft of Indigenous lands and resources, and the ongoing marginalization of the voices of the Global South/Majority by a minority of wealthier nations.

With forecast for such troubles to continue for generations, we urgently need creative ways—short, medium, and long-term— to reduce human and Earth suffering. To embody a diverse, equitable, kind, and Earth-friendly culture, we need a holistic view that includes the land, the unseen, and a more full picture of our place in the cosmos. This is where spiritual teachings and practices can be of support.

Hear from scholar-warrior-mystic Dr. Butch Ware on ways to understand solidarity with Palestine in the context of centuries of African resistance to enslavement, white supremacy, and European colonization.

Learn from activist, ceremonial leader, and Diné grandmother Pat McCabe on the importance of sacred practice to relate with the rest of life as a foundation for centuries of ongoing Indigenous resistance to colonialism.

The approach will be kind, direct, and culturally inclusive. The intent is to inspire and help to resource those who feel drawn to deepen their spiritual path while participating in work for cultural transformation.

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This event brings to light the reality that cultural transformation work is supported by and calls for ancestral participation. Our foundational course, Ancestral Lineage Healing, is designed to make clear the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of this process. Thousands of people have taken the course since 2017 and have gone on to take the work into their practices, professions, families, and activism. We’d love to have you there. If you’re not into it after the first session, you’re welcome to a full refund. The course begins on February 5.


Accessibility is a core value at Ancestral Medicine. We offer several pricing tiers, and we leave it to you to select the most appropriate tier. The ranges in pricing aim to take into consideration global economic disparities, historical injustices, and personal circumstances. The system is designed for those with more to register in ways that support those with less.


  • This is the standard cost that allows us to sustain our work. We encourage most participants to register at this level.


  • This rate is for those with relative financial abundance and/or those who wish to help us to offer economic hardship rates.​

Reduced Cost

  • This rate is for low income folks in the Global North, most in the Global South, and others in economic hardship.

We are each born into the unfinished work of our distinctly beautiful and troubled ancestors, lands, and nations. Embracing and healing our ancestral pain brings both greater belonging and deeper spiritual support.

About the Presenters

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Pat McCabe

Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace and is committed to individual, global, and Earth healing. She draws upon the Indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation and Men’s Nation, in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and in upholding the honor of being human. For more see:

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Butch Ware

Butch Ware is a scholar of Africa and Islam whose research centers on West Africa and includes the Mediterranean lands of Islam and the Atlantic worlds of the African Diaspora. The question of What has it meant to be an African Muslim? has led him to publish on the histories of Quran schooling, Muslim mysticism, slavery and abolition, and Islamic devotional poetry. As a professor at UC Santa Barbara, his teaching focuses on anti-slavery movements in West Africa and the African Diaspora, and the intersection of race, religion, and revolutionary thought. For more see: or

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Daniel Foor

Daniel is a doctor of psychology, experienced ritualist, and the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. He is an initiate in the Òrìṣà tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and has learned from teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and the older ways of his English and German ancestors. Daniel is passionate about training aspiring leaders and change makers in the intersections of cultural healing, animist ethics, and applied ritual arts. He lives with his wife and two daughters near Granada, Spain in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Learn More