What is being listened to?
Generous listening…open, clear…confusion and other streams set in.The mind lets go in the end. The temporary and then the gone.Multiple voices….what are they saying?
I made this image on the land. The land gives us all we need. I have learned so much being on the land and find it hard to return to the classroom. I feel connected to nature in a way I rarely experience. The more time I spend in nature the more I want to remain in nature.
Oral tradition > we remember what we are supposed to.
Stories > amazing and insightful.
Cedar bark > bathing, pre-ceremony. You can use cedar for everything.
My mind is at rest.
No more tests
Just the land and I
No need to try
all is given
take what you need
Listen to Raven
and you’ll succeed.
Nature is covered by colonial materials. The royal velvet is a symbol of the [loss] of Nature. The majority of the stick cannot be felt. You feel the soft lie.
Nature is covered. It affects all of us. The global family. The wolf is loyal and has a strong family bond. We can learn from the wolf. What do you have covered? What aren’t you revealing? What does it feel like? How can you adapt and how can you cure the problem?
By understanding the other you can better understand thy self [and] situations. What does it feel like to be outside the group? Experience it. Go outside the group. By doing this you will better your understanding of the other. You will build compassion, empathy especially.
Wolf could also be telling you to seek out lonely places that will allow you to share your teacher within. In the aloneness of a power place, devoid of other humans, you may find the true you. The gift of wisdom comes to you when you have walked enough pathways and found enough dead ends to truly know the forest. In the rediscovery of every inch of ground comes the knowledge that nothing ever remains the same.
The flames in the middle of the piece represent ascension. The flames/ fire represents the things we need to release and let go of. This is a process and you can see the fire moving upwards and away.
The central house like structure in the middle is open and we can see inside. This structure flows within nature. I like the idea of our houses being more than a square box and that nature should and can be incorporated in it. In the top right you can kind of see a residential school. It is covered in red and you can see red thoughout the piece. The red represents the blood and tears that has been shed because of residential schools. The bottom is Todd’s Inlet with the dock. The viewer’s vantage point is looking at the land from the ocean. Perhaps we are on a canoe.
I have learned another way to learn, through experiential learning, a way of learning that is slowed down and harvested through saturating oneself in Nature and learning from the land. I am very thankful I had the opportunity to enjoy this summer program.