COMMONALITIES IN INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY
AN INVITATION TO ALL FIRST NATION PEOPLE
I am Edmund K. Silva Jr., Ali‘i Nui Mō‘ī, Sovereign King of The Kingdom of Hawai‘i (The King). These are my mana‘o (thoughts).
There are many in the world who do not know of Colonialism or the Doctrine of Discovery, yet for the Indigenous, this was the beginning of being invisible or, worse, being treated as sub-human beings. This explains why the Indigenous knowledge has been suppressed and disrespected.
The Doctrine of Discovery documents clearly indicated Indigenous were sub-humans, not even capable of owning land1. The origin of the doctrine goes back to the Papal Bulls issued by Pope Nicholas V in 1452 and 1455 respectively, allowing the invasion and killing of the Indigenous Peoples. European countries like Spain, Portugal, England, France, and Holland used the doctrine2.
The most evil lie coming from the Vatican’s Doctrine of Discovery was undoubtedly when the Papal Bull stated that any land not inhabited by Christians was available to be discovered, claimed, and exploited by Christian rulers and declared that “the Catholic faith and the Christian religion be exalted and be everywhere increased and spread, that the health of souls be cared for and that barbarous nations be overthrown and brought to the faith itself.” This Doctrine of Discovery became the basis of all European claims in the Americas as well as the foundation for the United States’ western expansion. In the US Supreme Court in the 1823 case Johnson v. McIntosh, Chief Justice John Marshall’s opinion in the unanimous decision held “that the principle of discovery gave European nations an absolute right to New World lands.” In essence, American Indians had only a right of occupancy, which could be abolished3
In the name of the Colonialism cancer, the great Indigenous knowledge was stolen and many Indigenous were forced into a culture that was not their own. Indigenous children were most often separated from their families and their culture at a young age creating the loss of their language, the theft of their ancient creation stories and traditions, stripping them of their Way of Knowing, as well as being forced off land inherited from untold generations. This is the legacy of colonialism with its resulting genocide for the Indigenous.
"The truth is Incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but at the end, there it is. "
The truth is, the Doctrine of Discovery statements — that Indigenous people are sub-humans, not worthy of having their own land, that Christianity should control their lives — are not true and never were. The real truth of the worthiness and value of Indigenous people is incontrovertible. The Doctrine of Discovery, an evil and vile document, was utilized to destroy the Indigenous people of Hawai‘i, the Americas and many other Indigenous cultures throughout the world.
This evil thinking simply is not true and never was. Knowing your true heritage, embracing your culture and learning your own traditions, re-establishes your inherent rights, your self-determination and your sovereign status. You will be the expert of your inalienable right to live as an indigenous person. The yoke of Colonialism is removed and your heritage is to be respected, loved and defended.
Today, Indigenous everywhere are coming back to the Way of Knowing which is their true heritage, embracing their culture and relearning their own traditions. These actions are re-establishing their inherent rights, their self-determination and their sovereign status. Today, they are the experts of their inalienable right to live as an indigenous people. The yoke of Colonialism is removed and their heritage is to be respected, loved and defended.
Once regained, our Way of Knowing, our heritage, will never again leave from beneath our feet.
THIS IS MY INVITATION:
I would like to form a Master Record of those things which we have in common. First, in order to document our great Nations. Secondly, to share the ancient ways that are the birthplace of all society in order to know ourselves better. Third to strengthen the heritage we give our children.
In many ways we are rebuilding so much, for many of the Elders have passed on before giving their wisdom to someone else. By sharing our ancient ways, we fill in these gaps for each other and leave more for our children.
Together, we can make restore the ancient ways and through our way of knowing.
If you would like to share your own thoughts in writing, video, quote, poem, photos of art, photographs, or in some other way, please complete the form below and bring your thoughts to us. Listed below are some areas we have in common or select whatever you want to share about your culture. I do not expect you to put Sacred things here that should not be printed.
Everything is Connected to Everything
Dream Time / Spirit Quest / Similar
Way of Knowing
Unique things about their Culture and Traditions
The end result will be a book called ONE VOICE: Commonalities in Indigenous Philosophy. The book is FREE. It is not for profit. It is to share with each other. It will be an e-book, here, on-line.
WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW. IT IS OUR WAY OF KNOWING.
Edmund K. Paki-Silva Jr.
Ali‘i Nui Mō‘ī Sovereign King
Nalikolauokalani Paki – Ka ‘I ‘omaka-ola-hou-Kaluaokalani-ka-‘I-mano‘anu‘unu‘u-ka-lama-kea-i-ho‘oku‘ke‘aupuni-o-Hawai‘i.
- Pope Alexander VI, The Papal Bull “Inter Caetera”, (May 4, 1493)
- Daniel N. Paul, We Were Not The Savages; First Nation History, Doctrine of Discovery, http://www.danielnpaul.com/DoctrineOfDiscovery.html
- Pope Alexander VI, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, The Doctrine of Discovery, 1493A Spotlight on a Primary Source by Pope Alexander VI, (May 4, 1493), https://www.gilderlehrman.org/content/doctrine-discovery-1493