Finding Resilience in Nature: A Reflection on the Geography of Hope


In a small clearing on the bank of the river, under a stand of alders just beginning to bud, the people gather. They form a circle around a thin wisp of smoke rising from the center. Using only a traditional hand drill, several volunteers help breathe fire onto collected tinder. Native American leaders Caleen Sisk and Sky Road Webb offer a blessing, invoking earth, air, water, and fire, along with the surrounding trees that shelter us. The last cool tendrils of morning fog evaporate as the sun rises over the eastern ridgeline, bathing the congregation in warm light.

For me that…


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