BACK TO THE MOUNTAIN
My beautiful family and I moved back to Hazelton in the spring of 2004. It has been a treat to wake up each morning on the banks of the Skeena River, among the birch and cottonwood trees. This land of the Skeena is known as the land of the totems. Each totem is a story and represents thousands of years of history. The culture of the people here is full of stories that are handed down from the ancestors. The stories all tell of a connection to the land of values that have sustained people for thousands of years. It was more than 20 years ago that I created a series of limited edition prints with the totems as their theme. One of those prints was called "Look To The Mountain" and I have been thinking of going back to that scene and taking another look, something I call 're-specting'.
What I have come to realize is that we need to get back to the land, to ground ourselves as a people. We have been separated from the land in the aftermath of abuse from the residential schools, as well as the onslaught of technology. The suicide rate has increased to an alarming rate and people are detached from each other. It is time for a spiritual awakening a returning to the core values that work as well today as they ever have.
This work called "Back To The Mountain" is a call to return to the land, to ground ourselves in mother earth. To walk in the strength, truth, and beauty of who we are.
Artist: Roy Henry Vickers
Image Size: 19.5" x 25.5"
Edition Size: 50