“My people will sleep for one hundred years. When they awake, it will be the artists that give back their spirit.”
-Louis Riel, Métis leader
The COVID-19 Pandemic, pause-bringer that it is, has halted our plans to gather again this summer 2020 to bring the project to its next stage. Yet I believe that artists will continue to give back the people’s spirit in these times, while the medicinal plants offer us their strength and connection to the earth as well.
I am honored to be included in this project; though I am not Métis, my heritage is also mixed between European blood and blood of peoples who lived on Turtle Island before colonial contact. It was very moving to bring the Métis sash to my heart, resonating as a Mestiza woman learning to recognize the diverse strength woven together by the blood of my ancestors who have loved and lived on lands oceans apart, all now singing in the sea of me.
Photos by Chris Randle for V’ni Dansi