🧿 SWANA* Ancestral Hub 🧿

co-creating, dreaming and re-weaving our ancient ways

Rare obsidian mirrors found in the 9,000 year old settlement of Çatalhöyük. Photo by Jason Quinlan of the  Çatalhöyük Research Project .

Rare obsidian mirrors found in the 9,000 year old settlement of Çatalhöyük. Photo by Jason Quinlan of the Çatalhöyük Research Project.

In Arabic, hub means love.

It is through this love that we re-member ourselves home. We are a multi-ethnic group of SWANA* folks in diaspora and motherland, collecting our ancestral stories, memories and the wisdom alive in our bones. We are waking up, thawing out and remembering. We are returning to a knowing from our past - the very essence and origin of us and of life itself.

We are re-membering, gathering the fragments of severed things together again, unifying and becoming whole. We are mending the broken, relocating the displaced, forgotten and left-behind. We are reclaiming what was forcibly taken, erased, violated and lost. We are restoring the integrity of our relationships and kinship. We affirm the stories and memories that live within the stars, plants, sands, waters, winds and all sentient beings - the life-affirming medicines of our earthly and cosmic origins. We soften ourselves to them and allow them merge with us, teach and re-member each one of us.

Every new and full moon the SWANA Ancestral Hub publishes new content including original essays, poetry, podcasts, artwork, music, recipes and dreams from our collective. Support the Hub on Patreon and connect to a community of seekers and wisdom-keepers, gain access to unique creative works and uplift our effort towards of cultural recovery. Follow our Instagram and learn more about this project.

*SWANA refers to South West Asia & North Africa. It is a less colonial way to address the diverse geographical region commonly referred to as the Middle East. If you are a SWANA person (any gender, race, religion or ethnicity native to the SWANA region) who would like to contribute your voice to this space, please contact us.