A Sense of Belogging

A Sense of Belogging

Deconstructing the history of logging on Cortes into a metaphor for decolonization, writer/producer Brittany Baxter presents this collage of moments from over the past 150 years, each containing important clues to how our community is transforming in response to our growing desire to belong to each other and to the land. Episode 10:A Sense Of Belogging by Brittany Baxter | Deep Roots http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/A+Sense+of+Belogging.mp3 “An indigenous people are those who belong to a place; Non indigenous people believe that places belong to them. An honest appraisal says that we non-indigenous folks have little or no sense of long term belonging to this land. We are non ingenious because we do not belong anywhere yet. Belonging has not soaked into our bones … we still set our course by following the empire’s markers.” Acknowledgements Special thank you to the Cortes Island Museum and Archives for the clip of Alan Robertson talking about the early days of logging on Cortes. Thanks also to Dan Pierce (director of Heartwood) for his recordings from the frontlines of the Cortes logging blockades. Huge bunches of roses to Kevin and Georgina for sharing their inspiring love story, to Martha Abelson, and to Sheena Fayowski, Mercedes Grant, Loni Taylor, Travis Pawlak for their voices. Music from John Watts, Axletree, Blue Dot Sessions, Lauki, and Myriadar. ~Brittany...
Stuff

Stuff

Our material world is obsessed with acquiring and accumulating stuff. But how much do we all really need? Morgan Tams looks for options and solutions to this omnipresent conundrum. Episode:9 Stuff by Morgan Tams | Deep Roots http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/Stuff.mp3 “Have you ever taken a walk around your local garbage dump? Ever waded through the debris and household waste to try to make some sense of it all? It doesn’t long to realize the impact our society’s appetite for cheap and disposable consumer goods is having on our environment. Both in the making and in the trashing, our modern world’s taste for getting and spending puts incredible strain on our global resources. And perhaps worse, these hollow consumerist habits have replaced our sense of community and belonging with worthless attachments to better cars, new clothes, bigger homes and the latest electronic gadgets. Ironically the same consumer products are leaving us more disconnected than ever before. Whether at home among cluttered shelves with never have time to dust, or sorting through the landfill, we are in fact swimming in stuff.” Acknowledgements The producers would like to express a sincere thank you to all the interviewees for the donation of their time and the sharing of their histories. Your contributions are the heart and soul of this project. Thanks to the Deep Roots Team, supporters, participants and interviewees. Featuring: Bryan Pfeifle, Bruce Ellingsen, Dova Wiltshire, Max Thaysen, Patricia LaRoux, Noba Anderson, the Free Store Volunteers and many friends....
Clam Gardens

Clam Gardens

Legend tells us first peoples of the Northwest Coast cultivated shellfish. To explore this further and to consider current shellfish farming and our future, Oudette Auger speaks with Judith Williams, author of “Clam Gardens.” Episode #8: Clam Gardens by Odette Auger | Deep Roots http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/08+Clam+Gardens.mp3 Mink was unhappy. The tide would not go down to the level of his food. He stole wolf’s tale and held it to the fire. Wolf called out, ‘Hey, stop that! What do you want?’ Mink called out, “I want the tide to go down further.’ “Okay,” said Wolf, “I’ll make it go down to the barnacles.” Mink was not satisfied and held the tale closer to the fire. “Okay, okay,” said Wolf, “Ill make it go down to where the cockles grow.” “No way,” Mink said, “I want it to go down to the clam beach.” He held wolf’s tale right in the middle of the fire. “Owwww!!!” yelled Wolf and he made the tide go down to the lowest level of the beach where the clam gardens were built. “It’s interesting to go back a little bit to how these things came to my attention. I was told to go and look at these structures by Elizabeth Harry, who is a Klahoose woman. We had worked on a couple of other things, sharing information, so I did know her. And one day she just said you should go up to Wyatt Bay on Quadra Island and look at these structures that we built for raising butter clams. She was very specific and showed me where to go. I did go up there....
A Reshuffling Of Atoms

A Reshuffling Of Atoms

Why are we so afraid of death and how do we prepare for it? For something that’s inevitable we sure do our best to avoid it. Mercedes Grant takes us on a personal journey of grief and resolution. A Reshuffling Of Atoms by Mercedes Grant | Deep Roots http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/A+Reshuffling+of+Atoms.mp3   “It is December 14, 2016, five years since the death of Gloria. She was the first woman in her temperament and in her convictions. Gloria always sought the company of flowers and trees, toiling over garden beds and new species to propagate. She volunteered  as a master gardener with the Calgary zoo. I suspect she may have enjoyed the plants company to most peoples, but who can blame her. She was a closet astronomer also, keeping up to date with all of the latest news from NASA. She grew up in a traditional Ukrainian Catholic environment, but developed her own ideas about the world and its wonders at a young age. Her devotion to the natural world was reflected in her practises, composting in the suburbs of Calgary and developing an advanced and very particular household recycling system long before such things were considered normal by most. Gloria was awed and softened by the vast brilliance of this planet and of human innovation. She planned to donate her body to science when she died. It was early afternoon on a cold bright day when Gloria, my mother, took her last breath.” Talking to residents of Cortes Island: modern death midwives, experts and my friends to explore how or disconnection with the cycle of the natural world influences or relationship...
The Energetic Forest

The Energetic Forest

An Energenic Forest? “Do trees communicate? Do they look after each other and other species? Story Producer Rick Bockner unearths a sophisticated network of co-dependent life forces, below and above our feet. “Every year, millions of people go to the forests to hike, camp, gather foods and medicines, and to renew themselves.We instinctively respond to the presence of trees, especially old ones, by slowing down, and becoming more silent, and Time slows and we begin to see things we had not considered before. Imagine the patience of trees.” “Current research, as well as ancient knowledge, tells us that our lives are dependent on, and intertwined with trees. In this documentary we will explore forests as parallel communities to ours. This is more literally true than you might expect.” Episode #6: The Energetic Forest by Rick Bockner | Deep Roots http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/The+Energetic+Forest.mp3 Interviews with: John Lewis, an elder from the Sliammon Band of the Coast Salish First Nation, Dr. Steven Aung, a Buddhist teacher, medical professor, and Chinese Medicine practitioner, Ivan Rosypskye, a Heiltsuk artist, carver and bark weaver from Bella Bella, Paul Stamets, a mycologist, visionary, and fungus researcher. Each of them holds a unique perspective on the forest. Together they become one voice for change in our most basic assumptions about trees and tree communities. Top Photo Credit: Cathedral Grove by Sang Trinh via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Owl Wisdom

Owl Wisdom

Decades after a nearly unspeakable family tragedy, family members gain insight from what  appears to be a chance encounter,  later revealing itself as an auspicious message. Episode #5: Owl Wisdom by Annie Rosenberg | Deep Roots http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/Owl+Wisdom.mp3 “I could feel that early morning frost on my nose and I could see it on our bedroom windows. It was still dark and I didn’t want to get out of bed. I pulled the dubais up to my chin and closed my eyes. Art, who is always ahead of me, was already dressed and down the stairs. I heard the kettle. On New Years day we go down to the beach at sunrise. It is our family’s tradition. We talk about letting go of things from the past and then think about what we want to bring into the new year. At that moment, while still in bed, I had no idea how a collision in death, minutes after I work up, would change the course of that day and in some ways my life.” Thank you to Cortes Community Radio Deep Roots Steering Committee and Staff. I’d like to give a special word of thanks to David Rousseau and to Greg Osoba for their encouragement and support in bringing this story to life. Grady Cooligan also made this story come alive with his sound expertise. Thank you for your support and your talent. My MacKenzie family (whom I deeply love) generously gave me permission to tell all of this story. Thank you to the many wise women on Cortes Island (including Naomi Hayter and Denise Gibbons) for continuing to show...