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Link: “Could the Blackfoot Wisdom That Inspired Maslow Guide Us Now?

Original post found at: https://www.madinamerica.com/2022/12/blackfoot-wisdom-inspired-maslow-guide-us-now/

Interesting blog post about when Maslow (best known for his “hierarchy of needs”) spent six weeks with the Siksika Nation in 1938. What he found there was:

astounding levels of cooperation, minimal inequality, restorative justice, full bellies, and high levels of life satisfaction. He estimated that ‘80–90% of the Blackfoot tribe had a quality of self-esteem that was only found in 5–10% of his own population’

Perhaps the egalitarian communalism that characterises so many First Nations societies is better for the human psyche than Western-style individualism.

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