James Vukelich , speaking about Geezhis, the Sun. And the many different ways which the Sun captures and varying descriptions. He describes in the beginning. Speaks about self care and healing. Speaking also on his travels to the Treaty Three territory.
When I was learning about Language as a teenager it was organized in our community and was just as animated, and rich. I love learning language in this way. This truly captures how relational learning is within our communities, as there are so many language teachers out there, teaching in their own unique ways which is amazing. Glad to see James take his work online, makes this meaningful and engaging and accessible. Stories.. sharing.. details.. oral histories. Knowledge being embedded in the names, as he speaks about.
I attended this high school, so its incredibly great to see this addition to their program. Way to go!!!
“I think one of my main goals is to get these kids as much certifications and knowledge as they can, to those sort of outdoor industries. If they take advantage of that, awesome, and if they don’t take advantage of it, it doesn’t hurt anyone to have their chainsaw awareness living up here in Northern Ontario.”
I’d like to add in, learning outdoors and on the Land is also about a feeling, a place, of connecting. Being immersed into the spaces for all that they teach us. Being intuitive on the Land. Writing poetry even, singing, connecting can take place in so many ways.
Stories teach, stories heal, stories continue.
Thomas King (2003) writes:
”I tell them to myself, to my friends, sometimes to strangers.
Because they make me laugh.
Because they are a particular kind of story.
Saving stories, if you will. Stories that help keep me alive” (p. 25).