20 February 2009

Connections above and below the rapid; Writing is hard

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I have just finish the edit of the edit for my first editorial story for Sojourn Magazine. I think of Virginia Wolf and all the writers I so admire. I aspire to at least communicate my feelings which seems more fluid in imagery. Pictures and words go hand in hand. I think when I get older still perhaps it may be easier; but then maybe not. I've felt like I've been above the most notorious rapids in the Grand Canyon; scouting for a line; one can only look at it for so long before it makes you sick. One can only piss so much before you actually just got to get in your boat and RUN....One can't stay above the rapid forever. Rivers don't work that way....and just as your below it you're right above it again...How this assignment has stretched me! Made me dig into parts unknown. So much information I want to impart; maybe it's because I want to learn so much myself and feel it change me that I can only hope my small attempt will inspire others to know the deeper links and connections of this land called the Americas. I love the land and the people all the more for it.

The story has been a labor of love given in the form of advice and contribution. My dad has been my collaborator helping gather the pieces for the collages I don't have access too. I've woven our images into collages to express the connections. Threads from the past; Kodachrome slides, digital images; Our family friends, Steve from Puchtecha Trading and Phylis from Wintersun Trading Co. have lent Katsinas. The beautiful ears of corn; the long shadows at Paquime' and Chaco Canyon. The natural world shown to me from my family back in Arizona to Juan Quezada's sierras. Shirley Taylor Robinson, retired Mormon school teacher who inspired me to read THE BOOK OF THE HOPI and THE BOOK OF MORMON. She was an anthropologist working with Charles Di Paso at Paqume' giving tours through the ruins in high heels and Jackie O sunglasses. She has fueled my desire to learn more about the Gran Chichimeca and the interconnections betweeen the greater southwest and northern Mexico. Her view of the world has open the door to my latest obsession with learning. I am grateful for having such amazing teachers. The economy and the world seem crazy and yet in this contemplation of what remains of the past seems to endure and is very grounding.

My dear friend Monique sent me this bit of sharing from the Hopi elders yesterday. Pieces add to the whole understanding of it all. I can only be grateful that the process although difficult bestows such gifts of wisdom and care....it is worth doing to be able to share and hopefully bring awareness and understanding.

Hopi:
"You have been telling people that this is the 11th hour
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour
and there are things to be considered
Where are you living?
what are you doing?
what are your relationships?
Are you in the right relation?
where is your water?
Know your garden
it is a time to speak yourTruth
Create your community
Be good to each other
and do not look outside of yourself for the leader
This could be a good time!
There is a river now flowing very fast
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid
They will try to hold unto the shore
They will feel they are being torn apart and they will suffer greatly
Know the river has its destination
The elders say we must let go of the shore
push off into the middle of the river
keep our eyes open and our heads above the water
see who is in there with you and celebrate
At this time in history we are to take nothing personally
Least of all ourselves
for the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt
The time of the old wolf is over
Gather yourselves
Banish the world struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner
and in celebration
We are the ones we've been waiting for"
The Elders
Oraibi, Arizona
Hopi Nation

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