Tradition should not be confused with the past; it is the meaning of our past, distilled into the present. If together we look realistically at how our communities and our societies have changed, listen to the advice of our elders, listen to the problems of our young, and set new goals for ourselves, we can bring what is useful from our cultures to help us create a future that is healthy and fair—based on who we are.
TICAH’s Indigenous Knowledge and Culture programs work to replace the idea that everything “traditional” is dead or dangerous with experiences that show us all how much there is in indigenous ways that is alive, exciting, and changing, offering ways to address Kenya’s most intransigent problems.
Our aim is not to bring back the past, for our world today is different. Our aim is to find ways to listen and learn from the voices of those who know the deep values in our traditions so that we can find ways to bring what is useful from that wisdom to create a Kenya where our environment is protected for future generations, where our daughters can also become doctors, where our sons find new ways to survive, where elders are not seen as a threat to change, but can help change happen.
Connecting with traditional Kenyan elders to encourage cross-cultural and cross-generational learning on plant medicine, peace building, ceremony and music.
Working with elders and youth of the Maasai and Mijikenda to tackle the challenges of elder murders and girls’ education
NMK CULTURAL SITES
TICAH managed cultural spaces within the National Museums of Kenya system for learning, meditation, and peace events – Medicine Shield Garden, Peace Path Labyrinth, Mahali pa Umoja Labyrinth, Kaya sculptures