"Water is the first Medicine"
(Destiny Stonechild, Cree)
‘Our Painted Responsibilities,' 2014. Acrylic on canvas.
20 ft. x 24 ft. Currently in tour.
This mobile mural was an extension to the 2014 Totem Pole Journey, where a 20-foot-long totem pole carved by Lummi Indian Master Carver Jewell James travelled with his family 6,000 miles along proposed fossil fuel export routes to honour, unite and empower communities in the destructive path of coal and oil exports.
From the Columbia River Basin west to the Salish Sea and back east to the Alberta tar sands, the mural offered a space to listen, witness, and express. Youth, elders, activists, students, educators, researchers, healers, artists, indigenous and non-indigenous people, migrants, and impacted communities reflected through paint on our day-to-day connection with mother earth, and our shared responsibilities to protect her.