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The Circle of Opposites

Stewart, Wendy
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Paper presented at “Dreaming of a New Reality,” the Third International Conference on Conferencing,
Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 8-10, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This presentation will share ways that Aboriginal youth can relate easier to their dominant linear world. By using the Alternatives to Violence Project as a base and placing it within the world view of the medicine wheel teachings, participants explore their relationship with violence/non-violence, in a relational/linear way. Both worlds are shared with symbols and art, which are the ancient symbols of expression for native people. By understanding the lines and circles of their world the “circle of oppositesâ€? helps native youth discern the differences between their traditional teachings and the urban non-native world in which they must live.


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