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Module 2- Post 2: Christi Belcourt’s Story behind one of her works

This is a .pdf file from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Christi tells us a story behind her work. Although there is more to it than just focusing on plants, while reading it, it made me think of Nancy Turner’s mention of holistic knowledge and how plants are tied to linguistics, knowledge, tradition, history, and therefore, are inseparable from each other.

Christi while explaining one part of her work “Looking Ahead” says:

“This section represents the time before residential schools existed. Important ceremonies marking the transition from childhood to adulthood, such as the strawberry fast, were taught and practiced. Harvesting blueberries, learning about medicines and knowledge of plants and animals were passed from one generation to the next.”

Please see here: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/DAM/DAM-INTER-HQ-NR/STAGING/texte-text/nr-2012-irsart-pdf_1349887907130_eng.pdf