Lesson 1.1 – Assignment 1:1
Hi everyone, I’m Linda and I would like to welcome you to my tree bench. Please grab a virtual seat and let’s get to know each other. I look forward to sharing ideas and stories with the ENGL 470 summer 2016 group. I am excited to read stories about Canada from different perspectives, because I have come to realize the importance of storytelling. At Langara I took the course – Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge and Contemporary Science. There I came to realize that language is important in Aboriginal science and culture, because it is part of the foundation of reality. A fascinating perspective can be found in Ferguson.
My grandmother was part Cree, part French, and definitely all Canadian, but I never had the opportunity to learn her story. Not only did she live in Winnipeg, while I grew up in Vancouver, but she passed when I was a little girl. I have always felt that part of my history is missing, and for that reason I have been attracted to storytelling. For as long as I can remember I have loved to read. But beyond that, I yearn to know my history, both my aboriginal beginnings, as well as my European beginnings. This is one reason why I was attracted to, and am excited about this course.
Looking at me from the outside, you will see that I am a fourth year English Literature Major with a Minor in Creative Writing at UBC. I am also a Chartered Professional Accountant, but I love reading and writing about books, and for that reason I created a book review blog at Books-TreasureOrTrash.com. I love stories, and in Aboriginal culture, stories are used to document history and transfer knowledge. Song, sound, and vibration are “the collective agreement of the People—not as myth or metaphor, but as reality” (Ferguson 28).
I hope to reach out beyond my current understanding, and expand my appreciation of what the Canadian literary canon entails. I am looking forward to the conference portion of the course so I, along with my classmates, can add our voices to the discussion. In Aboriginal beliefs, verbal story telling reflects, explains, and helps create the world. Stories help to explain the present and the past. But going beyond Aboriginal stories, it is important to consider the interchange and variances between European and Indigenous traditions of storytelling.
Trees are strong, steady, and reliable. Trees are a metaphor for life, and First Nations Artist, Donald Chrétien, has created a beautiful rendition of the Tree of Life. I consider myself an apple tree, because apples are delicious, nutritious, and versatile. What kind of tree tells your story?
Chretien, Donald. Tree of Life. n.d. Acrylic on Canvas. Creativehouse.com
Ferguson, Elizabeth. “Einstein, Sacred Science and Quantum Leaps: A Comparative Analysis of Western Science, Native Science and Quantum Physics Paradigm.” Lethbridge, Alta.: University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, (2005). Web. 11 May 2016.
Luz, Ninette. Bright Red Organic Apples on a Tree Branch. [Photo of apples] n.d. Digital Image. 123RF . Web. 11 May 2016.
McNeilly Purcell, Linda. Bark. 15 Feb. 2016. Digital Image.
Pixphoto. Trees that Have Fallen in the Pine Tree Forest [photo of tree bench]. n.d. Digital Image. 123RF . Web. 11 May 2016.
Purcell, Randy. Linda Purcell. 15 Jan. 2014. Digital Image.
Rosu, Orlando. Fruiter [Photo of roots]. n.d. Digital Image. 123RF . Web. 11 May 2016
Sauletas. Flowering Trees in Garden are Always Eye-catching View in Spring. [Photo of apple tree] n.d. Digital Image. 123RF . Web. 11 May 2016.
Septembersun. Apple Blossoms. [Photo of apple blossoms]. n.d. Digital Image. 123RF . Web. 11 May 2016.