AHR 24: Endangered Languages, English-Prime, and the College of Mythic Cartography with Willem Larsen


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About every two weeks, another language dies. Or, perhaps, a dialect. There are over 231 completely extinct languages and 2,400 of the world’s languages are considered to be in danger of dying out.

That's why today's guest—Willem Larsen of the College of Mythic Cartography—joins me on the Season 2 Premiere of Ancestral Health Radio.

Willem shares ways at how to look at story and language from an indigenous people perspective and how, if we wish to be heard in today's culture, the types of stories we need to build for ourselves.

In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • How story enriches and illuminates our land,

  • The error of identity and the impact language can have on our perception of self,

  • How American Sign Language can help you become a better tracker and storyteller, and...

  • Much, much more...  

Episode Breakdown

  • Willem shares the origins of his tracking career, 10 years prior to the College of Mythic Cartography

  • How two authors challenged Willem to question his perspective about ecology and our place within it

  • Willem's personal opinion of a well-known and controversial figure in the world of tracking

  • Fact telling versus storytelling

  • Willem shares the esoteric meaning behind the language of The College of Mythic Cartography

  • Myths as holograms and the replication crisis

  • Hunter-gatherer legal systems and the observation of currency as a tool for modern organization

  • Willems tells us how story fundamentally illuminates and enriches our land

  • Why Willem says many indigenous people are "forced" to speak in story

  • Why Willem says maps are useful to the extent to which they leave things out

  • Willem explains what the error of identity is and briefly touches on what some people might consider "religious" verbs

  • What is English-Prime (or E-Prime) and why does Willem encourage us to play with this style of writing?

  • The opposite of "to be" in indigenous languages is _____.

  • Willem speaks about the robustness of American Sign Language and how ASL can help you become a better tracker and storyteller

  • What Willem says the very first thing we can do if we want to hear our stories get heard

  • Willem's newest project has to deal with how we view scientific culture but through an animistic lens

  • Why Willem says there are more demands for heroes and heroines now than ever before

Questions I Ask 

  1. "Tell us a little bit of your story and how it is that you got to where you are today with the College of Mythic Cartography."
  2. "Can you explain who Tom Brown Jr. is?"
  3. "And why is he [Tom Brown Jr.] so controversial, by the way?"
  4. "Can you kind've break down exactly what is the College of Mythic Cartography for people?"
  5. "What do you have to say about animism? What are your thoughts on that?"
  6. "How do we use this idea of story and build this into our every day lives?"

Mentioned Resources

Quote Highlight

"Story is how we organize our perceptions. Willem Larsen

Who is Willem Larsen?


Willem Larsen is the director of the College of Mythic Cartography, the author of the Language Hunter's Kit, co-author of 5 Rules For Accelerated Learning, founder of Language Hunters (a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing endangered heritage languages), and both a wildlife tracker and Search and Rescue tracker.

Contact Willem, Here:

Website: www.mythic-cartography.org

Social media: Facebook

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