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020: digging up the suppressed histories of women, with Max Dashú

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Max Dashú is a teacher of global women’s history and cultural heritages. She’s the founder of the Suppressed Histories Archives which researches female spheres of power, mother-right cultures, patriarchy, the history of domination, and spiritual philosophies. Max has built an archive of over 30,000 slides and 130 legendary visual presentations, which bring to light female realities hidden from view. She has been sharing this research  for the last 48 years. This interview explores Max’s story from a young child with a fascination in Egyptian history to becoming an intelligent young woman who makes a bold choice to leave Harvard at the age of 19 and pursue her own independent research on the suppressed histories of women. I was fascinated by Max’s description of the landscape for women scholars in the late sixties / early seventies and her obvious courage to give up a pre-determined, safe path to follow a deeper, stronger, guiding inner pull. Perhaps Max is one of these rare beings who comes into our world already untangled, with the purpose to show us what we’ve all been overlooking. This is a rich discussion about women’s histories, untangling from the patriarchy and one woman’s journey to seek out the truth.   RESOURCES + Deasophy Colouring Book - Find out more about Max’s Goddess Colouring book here. + Transition Coaching with Alana + Join the Untangled Community Facebook group – a movement of women supporting each other to follow the inner pull, move away from the mundane and embark on a search for something more.   ABOUT MAX Max Dashú teaches global women’s history and cultural heritages. In 1970 she founded the Suppressed Histories Archives to research female spheres of power, mother-right cultures, patriarchy the history of domination, and spiritual philosophies. She has built an archive of over 30,000 slides and 130 legendary visual presentations, which bring to light female realities hidden from view—from ancient iconography to leaders, medicine women and rebels. Her work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education, and foregrounds Indigenous women passed over by standard histories. Dashu has published two acclaimed dvds: Women’s Power in Global Perspective (2008) and Woman Shaman: the Ancients (2013), and a poster series of female spiritual heritages. Her book Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100, was published in 2016. Her new Deasophy Coloring Book, featuring 49 goddesses from around the world, comes out in October 2017. Connect with Max at: + Website: suppressedhistories.net + Facebook: /suppressed-histories-archives   SPONSOR UNTANGLED If my podcasts have helped you, inspired you or spoken to you, I would be so grateful for your generous contribution. As a one-woman show, in which I do everything myself, your sponsorship – from as little as $1 a month – will help to cover the costs of producing and hosting Untangled plus, eventually with enough support, I hope to release additional episodes and create in-person live untangling events and workshops. This is my dream. To make a contribution, head to the Patreon page here.   LOVE AND FEEDBACK If you love this podcast, I would be so grateful if you would take a couple of moments, head over to iTunes and leave a rating and review + subscribe to the podcast while you’re there.   WAYS TO SUBSCRIBE TO UNTANGLED You can subscribe to Untangled so you never miss an episode. + Click here to subscribe on iTunes + Click here to subscribe on Stitcher + Click here to subscribe on SoundCloud