70. When Geology Becomes Genealogy: Season 3 Trailer

When Geology Becomes Genealogy - Exploring our ancestral connection to the earthThis season of the Earth Keepers Podcast will focus on our ancestral connection to the earth. In this trailer for Season 3, I'm taking us on a journey to explore what happens when an entire society of people lose their connection to the only land they’ve ever known.

I'll be exploring this question by following just one branch of my family tree back through the Mormon Pioneer days in Utah and Idaho and then back to my ancestors who left Sweden for America.

The people pictured in the photo here are my Great-Great-Great Grandparents, Thomas and Martha Williams and their son Joseph – one of their 11 children – presumably posing in front of the log cabin on their Idaho homestead.

The first episode of Season 3 will be released on October 25th, 2022.

This season will focus on our ancestral connection to the earth.

Who were these ancestors of ours who left their homeland – the only places their families had known for hundreds or thousands of years – and climbed aboard boats to sail for North America?

What made them leave the places they were indigenous to in order to colonize a land indigenous to someone else?

You might think you already know the answer.

I know I did.

But those answers, the ones we can recite by heart – religious persecution, the Irish potato famine, the thrill of striking it rich and the promise of free land to anyone who could farm it – are really easy answers to a far more complicated question.

Which is the one I already mentioned…

What happens when an entire society of people lose their connection to the only land they’ve ever known?

If you've done any genealogy research into your own family origins, want to know more about how organized religion influenced your ancestor's beliefs, are curious about how plant medicine and shamanic ritual was integrated into early religion, and want some ideas about how you can reconnect with the land in a place and time your ancestors wouldn't recognize, you're going to love this season of The Earth Keepers podcast.

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Here's what I share in this episode:

  • A strange experience I had after smoking Amanita Muscaria
  • What mind altering substances have to do with this season of the podcast
  • How the idea for this season came to me during a month-long trip through Utah
  • Who my ancestors were that came to America from Sweden
  • Why they immigrated to Utah with the Mormon Church
  • What happened when these ancestors came to me in a shamanic journey and asked for help
  • The importance of genealogy research in the Mormon Church
  • The questions I'm asking as my ancestor's stories and traditions have been lost

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