By Scott Ragsdale
Part Walden, part Silent Spring, part Kerouac. Doniga Markegard from wild child becomes a teacher, permaculturist, accomplished rancher and mother sharing the lessons of her gift for natural emersion all along the way. Bravely raised by her mother in the great Northwest, Doniga’s early and accurate assessment of conventional education, as a small death toward a monoculture, brought pain with wisdom and ultimately a well earned authentic life.
Just released November 1st, Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild, Propriometrics Press, gives a personal account of a modern leader/warrior seeking her Wi-co-za-ni, alert awareness, in living everyday as a sacred event. Dawn Again is not an unbruised or unburdened story. Doniga is a women whose personal trials are sure to resonate with all who walk on turtle island. In her telling we learn how she embraces the lessons of her Lakotas family, to live a full and active life and to recognize the responsibility of your own destiny and the destiny of the life around you.
Through discipline, humility and courage Dawn Again tracks, unravels, reveals and binds anew the great sense making of our living planet. I found kinship in this great sharing and in it’s authentic telling found resilience for all people in the lap of nature. To those of us rededicating ourselves to regenerative economy and to those of us just grasping the necessity of the Great Turning, Doniga observes that “it’s more like we are on the cusp of a 10,000-year-old science” than inventing something new. Listen – listen well.