Written After Attending the Heritage BC
Annual Conference entitled
Heritage: Imagining Futures,
May 4-6, 2017 / Victoria,BC
By: Wally du Temple, North Saanich.
To archeologists of academia
To conservationists of heritage
To curators of museums
To all of us together who are
Engaged in ‘Reconcialiation’
And some in the sacred
Repatriation of ancestors
Of First Nations. Come with me.
Let’s go together, let’s
Leave our research libraries
Leave the vaults of our museums
Enter the forests of natural forms
See the seas in our storms
Smell the needs in our flower’s seeds
Let’s not store, but let’s restore
The People’s stories
From the water people
From the mountain people
From the desert people
From the forest people
From all relations of matter.
‘All’ matters in the unity of diversity
Differentiated but held by a common
Mystery, a bond that holds all together.
We will value indigenous culture.
We will respect the Original Ways.
We will mourn their mornings
Of death by pox pestilential
Of loss by school residential.
Let’s fly like eagles in sky
Winds under our wings, and cry.
Let’s soar in the clouds of song
Cut through the fogs of gone,
Land in the land of belong,
Touch, drink, see and pace
As dancers in the spirit of place
Living the air, fire, earth and waters
Loving the living islands and living daughters.
Let’s honour Peoples’ past with bonds that last
Become a part of all that is.
It is not ours, nor mine, nor his
Erase the moulded words that mold
Hear the stories that unfold?
With silence hear the spoken lyre
That smokes as spirit as if from fire