We Are All Indigenous

Kyle F Hence
9 min readJun 17, 2020

Indigeneity & Indigenuity in an Age of AI

This is Part 2 of the FirstEARTH.LIVE Series [Introduction here]

FirstEARTH.LIVE: Toward a Regenerative AI


(Noun) the quality of being indigenous

Usage: In a similar way, “indigeneity” is derived from “indigenous” which means born or produced naturally in a land or region; native or belonging naturally to (the soil, region, etc.),” from indu, an old Latin root meaning “within” (like the Greek …, endon) and gignere meaning “to beget.”


My life began with officialdom dictating my identity: ‘Caucasian’. In a 1001 forms filled out on the question of ethnicity I’ve checked the box ‘caucasian.’ If no caucasian option, I check the box ‘white’. Inculcated with this meaningless ritual I ultimately self-identified as caucasian without a clue of what it meant.

I didn’t question this sadly vacuous process until I uprooted myself and moved West. Instead of cowboys I met ‘indians’ — those indigenous to the Great Plains and to the Northwest. I learned some of their histories and stories and was invited to share in the traditions and ceremonies that survived the brutal onslaught of ‘white’ European colonialism. In a long and painful but ultimately enlightening process I came to better



Kyle F Hence

Filmmaker, writer, waterman, Founder of TGR/‘Tiger’ (The Great Regeneration), PEACEMAKERS event and designer of REOS (Regenerative Economies Operating System)