I view my journey in life as a balance of community action and personal reflection. I try to honour the land, water, sky, and sentient beings (animal, plant, insect or human) in our midst. I’m a person who appreciates a steep learning curve and, while I embrace the complexities and ambiguity of life on Mother Earth, like most of us, I crave simplicity.
I try to honour my inner teacher and gratefully accept teachings given to me by my mentors, elders, friends and the world around me. I deeply appreciate these knowledge sources (human, animal and spirit) as a means to enhance my life force, my art practice, and my abilities to serve.
Nanaskomon, pilamayaye, dziekuje, megwec, merci, thank you!
"As we walk our own ground, on foot or in mind, we need to be able to recite stories about hills and trees and animals, stories that root us in this place and keep it alive. The sounds we make, the patterns we draw, the plots we trace may be as native to the land as deer trails or bird songs. The more fully we belong to our place, the more likely that our place will survive without damage. We cannot create myth from scratch, but we can recover or fashion stories that will help us to see where we are, how others have lived here, and how we ourselves should live."
Scott Russell Sanders
Original source; "Telling the Holy," Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World (Beacon Press, 1993), p. 169. As cited in: River in a Dry Land - A Prairie Passage, by Saskatchewan author Trevor Herriot (McLelland & Stewart, 2000).