Restoring the Kinship Worldview: Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows) and Darcia Narvaez in conversation with Jeremy Lent

| May 27, 2022 | Leave a Comment

Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 1:00 PM PDT


Restoring the Kinship Worldview is a newly published groundbreaking book co-edited by Wahinkpe Topa and Darcia Narvaez, featuring excerpted passage from 28 powerful Indigenous leaders, including Mourning Dove, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Winona LaDuke, and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. Each excerpt (a treasure in its own right) is a catalyst for a thoughtful dialogue between Wahinke and Darcia discussing its broader ramifications by bringing in perspectives from neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and other scholarly research.

In this conversation, Jeremy will explore with Wahinkpe and Darcia some of the fascinating insights emerging from the book, covering an unusually broad range of topics—from gender roles to restorative justice, and from sacred competition to mutual dependence—that provide insights into the practices that have enabled Indigenous communities to live in harmony with each other and the nonhuman world for millennia.

Event Details

This online event will be hosted by the Deep Transformation Network. It is free and open to all.

Date and Time: 

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 1:00 PM PDT

Duration: 75 minutes


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Watch this recent 3-minute UNESCO video from Wahinkpe Topa on the Indigenous Worldview


About the Speakers:

Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows), aka Dr. Don Trent Jacobs, is author of 23 books and numerous chapters, articles, peer-reviewed papers, and keynotes and the subject of a book by R.M. Fisher entitled Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows: A True Story of an Indigenous Based Social Transformer. Wahinkpe Topa is internationally known for his work in cognitive anthropology (worldview studies), education, critical theory, and wellness. Formerly Dean of Education at Oglala Lakota College and tenured Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University, he currently serves as faculty in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University.

Links: Wahinkpe Topa’s books, presentations and writings

Darcia Narvaez (name pronounced DAR-sha narv-EYES), a Professor of Psychology Emerita at the University of Notre Dame focusing on moral development and flourishing from an interdisciplinary perspective—particularly in how early life experience and societal culture interact to influence wellbeing and virtuous character in children and adults. Darcia has a blog on Psychology Today (Moral Landscapes), and is founder of the Evolved Nest, whose nonprofit mission is to share her science research into developing appropriate baselines for lifelong human wellness by meeting the biological needs of infants. In 2022, Narvaez was elected a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest international body of professional scientists in the world and publisher of the prestigious journal Science.


6-minute film: Breaking the Cycle

The Evolved Nest (Evolved Developmental Niche) (academic papers) (podcasts, info, and monthly newsletter)
Also, see

Jeremy Lent, is an author and speaker whose work investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis and explores pathways toward a life-affirming future. His recent book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe, offers a foundation for an integrative worldview that could lead humanity to a sustainable, flourishing future. He has written extensively about the vision of, and pathways toward, an ecological civilization.


Jeremy’s website

The Web of Meaning: USA/Canada edition; UK/Australia edition.

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