Lisa Reagan, Executive Editor, Kindred
The following is an excerpt taken from the comprehensive piece at Kindred.
Finding A Bridge To Indigenous Wisdom And Worldview: An Interview With Kelly Wendorf
The United Nation’s report on mass extinction rates warned in 2019 that technology will not save us. Our only hope, states the report, is that humans shift their consciousness from a Western, Dominator Culture Worldview to a Nature-Connected Indigenous Worldview…
…What does a Flying Lead Change have to do with human consciousness shifting? As she shares in the Kindred interview below, “Flying Lead Change is a high gymnastic move that happens with a horse that, when the topography changes under his feet and he’s at his fastest gate, which would be a gallop or a lope, when that topography under his feet shifts for some reason, then his entire balance has to shift as well in order to handle the mass and the strength and the levity of that kind of pace. And so, he does what’s called a Flying Lead Change. And to execute a Flying Lead Change, he has to be very present in the moment to know that the topography is changing, and then he has to spring from his whole body up in the air and change balance from one side of his body to the other side.
“Flying Lead Change is a handy metaphor for what the book is about, which is what is that shift we have to make because we can’t change the world inside the distortion that it already finds itself. If we try to change things within the distortion of disconnection, we’re just going to create more distortion and more disconnection,” explains Kelly in the interview. “So, we need a kind of quantum level shift, a complete change in the human heart that we solve our problems differently. And that we rely on a kind of physics that’s not linear, that’s not necessarily rational, but is wisdom-informed and is very powerful and does have some scientific evidence behind it. So, the Flying Lead Change, this is what the invitation is in my opinion: to make such a leap as a species.”
Why did the New York Times’ “investigative” feature on Kelly’s 20 years of allyship for Indigenous Worldview fail to mention the term Indigenous Worldview? The first forty minutes of Kindred’s interview was recorded before a New York Times’ feature on Kelly’s teaching program, Equus, appeared in the newspaper’s online edition on March 19, 2021, and then again in print on Sunday. The second half of our interview is Kelly’s response to the NYT’s bizarre lack of reference to the term Indigenous Worldview for an article purportedly “investigating” her life’s work on Indigenous Worldview.