The World Nomad Games are happening September 3 – 8th and I am thrilled about the whole concept. Rooted in ancient cultures that respected their environment as they moved from settlement to settlement, bringing goods, services and news, these Games will once again celebrate humanity ‘above national and religious divides’. Logo designer, Mairamkul Asanaliev, has beautifully captured the spirit of this venture.
There will be ceremonies, festivities and genuine fashion, culture and food shows illustrating the function behind the form. As we 99%-ers attempt to navigate a global 21st century, these people groups offer subtle wisdom and advice on how to integrate the uniqueness of The Tribe with ever widening exposure to and awareness of Others.
In what I like to think of as an Eastern version of modern day Olympics, the Games will feature competitions in 23 kinds of ethnosport with male and female athletes from 40 countries. I was surprised to see many competitors are coming from the States, Poland and Israel – even Peru and Argentina – to name just a few. Major archetypes featured will be the strategist, the wrestler, the archer, the javelin thrower and, of course, the horse.
Regular readers here will immediately appreciate why I am so pleased (and would love to go!) about this event and want to get the word out. This is a wonderful expression of the energy on tap for all of us in these times. It is my hope that just a visit to the Games’ amazing website will inspire individuals on their personal journey – fire up the creator and hero in all of us. And should you go, I want to hear all about it!
Be well, fellow nomads *and don’t forget to pack water 🙂 *
p.s. and if you plan to be in Paphos, 2017 European Culture Capital, you can actually stay in a beautiful and authentic yurt located in the scenic and secluded Scarfos Bridge area. Meet your host, Pawel, here!