The program for the event states, "Water is a mutable element symbolizing unity and collaboration. Water connects us all and is within us all. This party is a collaboration of our community and an opportunity to express gratitude. Please take a dipper and pour water into the bowl--our collective fount"
There was plenty of good food, and speeches of gratitude recognizing the history of South Whibey Tilth's stewardship of the land, and Slow Food Whidbey Island's more recent presence. The evening was a collaboration between these two non-profit groups, a first time partnership.
Among the many donations for the raffle culminating the potluck were vases filled with Whidbey dahlias grown by Sherrie Wendt.
As I reflect upon the events, and interactions I experienced last evening it is with a blurr that pieces of my memory remind me ... "Leave room, in fact, give attention to the borders of this human experience." In the border time I pin together the experience at the prairie front with a podcast entitled "And still the waters rise: Take the red pill or go home: Holistic & Indigenous ways of knowing with Dr. Manulani Meyer."
Among the ideas I heard Manu acknowledge with gratitude is the power and mentoring quality that comes from the names of place. Within the ancient names are the power. I take the reminder to heart, and end with this close.
Mahalo piha 'The prairie front'
Thank you so much, this land of the prairie front.
Amama. Ua noa.
Now the prayer is lifted.
Hover over the photo of Angie Hart and read another invocation of gratitude from the Onandaga.