Intensified Learning- Oral Memory Traditions:Play

While the Coalitional Play Fighting and the Evolution of Coalitional Intergroup Aggression study hits on the backbone of my kolo informed trauma care and research, it fails to point out the patriarchal hijacking of culture. Culture is created by females due to their biological and genetic capacities to birth and raise children. In fact, it is a nonkilling culture. What is observed is the erasure of the female womb-uterus along with her labors that are invisible in not just studies but in rule of law, policies and violence against her.

Dr. Anderson, Bosnia women war crimes and war survivors Kolo Sumejja women Susana Koric, Nisveta and Michelas Maestas in Taos NM – experiential use of the folk round dance kolo- play
However, I found that female biological hormones and her womb set up the incredible bonding, empathy, and a nonkilling culture. According to the Neuroscience Behavioral Journal states “ empathy has both evolutionary and developmental precursors, and can be studied using implicit measures, aspects that can help elucidate the respective roles of culture and biology”.
I often cringe going through research and studies. For instance, the study Coalitional Play Fighting and the Evolution of Coalitional Intergroup Aggression talks about the evolution of teaching and learning. I define trauma as intensified learning. Intensified learning is an extraordinary epigenetic and neurobiological wonder of the world. Teaching is not in any part of the epigenetic and neurobiological nonkilling culture.
In fact, it is where the patriarchy targets nonkilling culture – females and children at their most vulnerable and tender development of culture. Teaching is indoctrination, programming if not incrimination. Studies point out that after 5 minutes of lecturing- teaching our brains turn off.

“Sharecropper Mother Teaching Children Numbers and Alphabet, Transylvania, LA, 1939″ – Mini Print – 8″ x 10” Available at
The coalition of play study reports the author’s research is to “study the evolution of teaching and learning in humans — i.e., the skills and knowledge that ancestral humans had to acquire in order to make a living, and how they acquired these skill and knowledge sets. I do this by extrapolating from historically documented hunting-and-gathering peoples,” explained study author Michelle Scalise Sugiyama of the University of Oregon”.

Distracted parents – Note the cell phone. Note all three of the parents stand alone indicating the loss of the social collective
Michelle Sugiyama entangled with the science model shows what Dr. Lynn Margulis states as “trained incapacities“ with her inability to realize women create culture thus a nonkilling culture. Sugiyama writes “In both ancient and modern hunter-gatherer groups there were no schools, books, films, or internet for people to learn from. Knowledge was acquired by observing and listening to others, and by experimenting on one’s own. This is where play comes in: play is widely regarded as an adaptation that develops skills that organisms need later in their lifespan”.
I immediately hone in the evolutionary female culture of nonkilling for ‘play’. The organized play in oral memory traditions, a ritual science aligned with our neurobiology, is the accumulation of deep knowledge from all our ancestral grandmother, mothers and daughters. Oral memory traditions of the social collective circle, the dance, music, song, domestic arts (bioculinary & biosemiotics) are packaged to have evolving properties for thousands and thousands of generations.
According to Dr. Ernest Lawrence Rossi “the implied directive is thus a way of facilitating an intense state of internal learning or problem solving.” Play, therefore, is the very space and place from which to intervene, to turn away from violence returning to a nonkilling culture.

The Kolo:Women’s Cross Cultural and Eugene Ahn’s project of throw away cameras given to children to express their lives. This was taken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
I have observed across the globe and cross culturally how the parents stand alone not watching their children play but watching their cell phones. Most have their head and shoulders buried in their cell phones. We are at a very vulnerable cross roads. We are distracted from the fact we have the capacity to create a nonkilling culture and how we erase women to the point of annihilation.

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Dr. Danica Anderson
Social Scientist, Trauma Expert
The Kolo: Women’s Cross-Cultural Collaboration