Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor:
Essays on Life and Lineage by white Women
edited and foreword written by Lisa Iversen, MSW, LCSW
For over two decades, family constellations facilitator and therapist Lisa Iversen has been working with groups, including descendants of ancestors who have perpetrated harm or been victimized in circumstances of injustice. Her life and work are grounded in knowing that our shared humanity begins in family.
While leading a retreat entitled “Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor: An Embodied Dialogue with the Internalized Colonizer,” she was visited by a dream inspiring this project: a collection of essays written by white women cultivating consciousness regarding the role of whiteness in collective movements of immigration, colonialism, slavery, and war.
This book is the result: twelve essays by women from three countries -- disentangling themes of innocence, historic trauma, grief, perpetrator/victim bonds, race, privilege, gender, guilt, money, boundaries, and belonging in their families and ancestries.
Essays written by Sonya Lea, Karin Konstantynowicz, Anne Hayden, Summer Starr, Kate Regan, June BlueSpruce, Sabine Olsen, Carole Harmon, Christina Greené, Sharon Halfnight, Una Suseli O'Connell, and Pam Emerson.
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Lisa Iversen, MSW, LCSW, lives in the Pacific Northwest where she directs the Center for Ancestral Blueprints. She is the author of the book, Ancestral Blueprints: Revealing Invisible Truths in America’s Soul.
Edited by Lisa Whipple.
Cover and interior design by Olivia Croom Hammerman (Indigo: Editing, Design, and More).
"From the outset of this writing project, the writers & I have talked about directing profit from book sales to & collaborating with organizations aligned with de-authorizing whiteness. Now that we're done writing, we're figuring out next steps. More details available soon." Lisa
What: an indie press making visible our shared humanity.
Why: because together we can de-colonize the publishing industry & systems built from slavery.
Where: based in Bellingham, WA.
Who: led by Lisa Iversen.
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) ~~ Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) ~~ Indigo: Editing, Design and More ~~ IngramSpark ~~ Bookshop ~~ NetGalley.
Available in Fall 2020: The Second Edition of Ancestral Blueprints: Revealing Invisible Truths in America's Soul. Including a new chapter. In digital and print formats.
"It is my hope that we are on the way to greater change, to respect the dignity and worth of every human being...You cannot stop the call of history. We are ready to continue to move forward. We are one people...all a part of one human family...We must do it...create a society at peace with itself...the way of love is a better way."
Congressman John Lewis
We all have ancestors, all are descendants & future ancestors. Sounds like we have a lot in common.
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Congressman John Lewis quote from interview with Gayle King, CBS This Morning, 6/4/20.
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