ABOUT THE FILM
During my first years in North America I worked as a scientist engaged in theoretical research, studying the way atoms, molecules, and solids are formed at the quantum level of matter. As time went on I began to ask more fundamental questions about the nature of space-time and quantum reality. F. David Peat
This search for knowledge led Dr. Peat to an encounter and further collaboration with the late quantum physicist and philosopher David Bohm, whom Einstein had described as his “spiritual son”.
And then, one summer in the 1980s, Leroy Little Bear, called him to invite him to a meeting on a Blackfoot reservation in Alberta, Canada.
I agreed to attend but as the day of departure approached I began to feel uneasy. I felt that if I took that flight my life could change. F. David Peat
Leroy Little Bear, JD, actually retired from the University of Lethbridge and former Director of Native Studies at Harvard University, played a crucial role in F. David Peat’s life.
If a person really wants to know… well, then it should be about science, science in a broad sense. In other words: pursuit of knowledge. Journeying to Turtle Island, Leroy Little Bear
My meetings with Leroy and others continued on a fairly regular basis and I also went out to the Blackfoot reserve during the Sun Dance. I was learning about a different worldview that in many ways was congenial to myself as a physicist. But would other scientists think the same? F. David Peat
When I read David Bohm’s works I began to say: hey! Here is a scientist that’s saying the same thing, or similar things, to what my people are saying and what I’ve been saying about science. So I kept saying at the back of my mind: could it be great if I can meet the man? Journeying to Turtle Island, Leroy Little Bear
In 1992, Little Bear and Peat approached David Bohm with an idea to organize a meeting between Native American elders, quantum physicists and linguists to engage in dialogue about the underlying principles of the cosmos. The Fetzer Institute sponsored that first dialogue and few months later, Bohm died in London. The dialogues between scientists and Native American elders continued sponsored by MIT until 1999 when SEED began sponsoring these historic annual gatherings in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Two paradigms collide, and two worldviews intersect in Journeying to Turtle Island. But the real challenge of this audiovisual journey is to approach reality from Native American and Western perspectives, in order to find out on which side (or both) are we really on. Native Americans believe that white people have hard minds and don’t live in the full expanse of reality.
But what really matters: If this is true… What can we do about it?
Sharing F. David Peat’s journey to Turtle Island, and this “coming to knowing” audiovisual experience, has been a real privilege for me, but also a quest in search of a new way of thinking by exploring science from new perspectives, in an edifying, creative and meaningful understanding of reality and life. Miryam Servet
One person can indeed make a change.
Gentle Action, F. David Peat