SOLSTICE 2009 - LITHOGRAPH
Solstice 2009 heralds the coming of Christmas and the stories of peace and goodwill toward men. I am reminded of the old legend from the book, The Legends of Vancouver. The story tells of two sisters, daughters of the great Chief Capilano. In ancient times the northern nations, the Tsimshian were at war with the Capilano people and this war had gone on for many years. The beautiful young ladies thought of a way to bring peace to the people and the land. They asked for a great feast to be held to honor the women of the land inviting the northern nations. Their plan was approved by the Chief and wise council of elders. The feast was held and the sisters married two men from the north and bore two children, Peace and Brotherhood. To this day we live in the peace that the two sisters brought to the world of the northwest. The Great Creator lifted the two sisters to the hills and they became the stone mountains we call the Lions. They sit in the north forev- er watching over the land and it's people who live in peace with their northern neighbors.
I am from the Tsimshian nation and I know this to be true for I've experienced many good things among the southern nations, feasts of celebration. Canoe events that show many nations pulling together in fun and friendship up and down this great coast. I lived in the south for many years and have returned to the north country where I pray that the leadership these sisters showed reminds the world that it is possible to live in peace and brotherhood.
The legend of The Sisters can be found in the book, The Legends of Vancouver, by E. Pauline Johnson. This book was published in 1912 with the permission of the great chief, Capilano so that we could learn of the beautiful story of two women who led nations to a peace that continues to this day.
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