Four Arrows work reminds how traditional Indigenous worldview precepts bring forth ways of living and working in harmony that represent the highest goals of coaching. For most of human history, they have proven effective for maintaining collaborative responsibilities and individual autonomy in behalf of healthy communities. Learning ways of being from the natural environment, the Indigenous worldview intrinsically moves people to seek complementarity in apparent opposites, resulting in relatively peaceful, sustainable living. It tends to cultivate genuine cooperation and great respect for all diverse life forms. Based on the famous social anthropologist Robert Redfield’s notion that there are only two worldviews, the dominant one and the Indigenous one, this presentation shows how complementary and contrasting worldview reflection and trance-based learning can create the kind of transformation necessary for human survival and thriving. LEARN MORE
Four Arrows, aka Don Jacobs, PhD, EdD, is a professor at Fielding Graduate University. He was previously Dean of Education at
Oglala Lakota College and prior to that taught hypnosis at U.C. Berkeley. A former sport psychologist, he recently helped Nathalie Moelhausen become Brazil’s first woman world fencing champion. Selected as one of 27 “Visionaries in Education” by AERO, he has authored 21 acclaimed books on Indigenous Worldview and is the subject of a text by Dr. Michael Fisher entitled Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows. Vandanna Shiva offered the back-cover blurb for his newest book The Red Road: Linking Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives to Indigenous Worldview (2020). He lives in Jalisco, Mexico with his artist wife and pets where he paddle-board surfs.