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Geral Blanchard on Ancient Ways, Indigenous Wisdom

Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa.
Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa as they teach him about peacemaking and healing. Photo: AFSC

In this August 30, 2011 edition of the Fallon Forum, Jon Krieg of AFSC's Central Regional Office in Des Moines visits with Geral Blanchard, author of the new book "Ancient Ways: Indigenous Healing Innovations for the 21st Century." With 40 years experience as a counselor in the realm of sexual violence, Gerry shares what he's learned from his visits with indigenous communities around the globe -- wars are not inevitable, there are healthier ways of dealing with crime and deviant behavior, and that spirit should have a role in healing.

Gerry will be speaking on "Ancient Wisdom and Peacemaking" at a Sept. 21, 2011 event at the Friends Meeting House in Des Moines sponsored by AFSC Iowa. The event is one in a series looking at how the U.S. could have responded differently to the tragedy of 9/11 and how we might move forward.

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