This April 30 to May 15, WISN Director Apela Colorado and staff member Faith Harrison visited Occitania (indigenous southern France) to meet with Cultural Practitioners and to visit sacred sites. The purpose of the visit was to remember and renew ancient relationships, to discuss common concerns and identify ways we might collaborate and support each other going forward.
Occitania is known for its traditional respect and promotion of diversity, freedom of thought, and equal rights for women. These very traditions made the people of this land a target for more than one thousand years of genocide, persecution and cultural oppression from the Roman Empire, the Church and later, the government of France. The present day cultural renaissance opens a door for reunification of Occitania and indigenous peoples worldwide, and will help us remember our connection to the tender power of love so deeply embedded in the land.
WISN's Partners in the Occitan