MYSTIC SHADOW SIDE TO LIFE
"PILGRIM", heralds The Great Voice Of The
Turtle, "As a pioneer of the next 500 year cycle of North
American society, what part of your Old World identity are you willing
to forget as you set out upon this odyssey to get to know who I am?
What part of it are you willing to remember? For Remembering and Forgetting
is everything. The one you daily choose will determine the degree
of pleasure and pain - the heaven or hell, as you humans call it -
that you will discover during your life's journey upon me. Listen
to my many voices that sing of a mystical tale that first began in
the long, long ago time... Long before those invaders among your kind
first came to my shores and began to artificially rename my native
lands and people to suite their whim and fancy. In the East, humans
once gathered upon my back, like to turtles, and the spirit of the
place called itself - Turtle Island. In the distant West, they gathered
upon me at a place calling itself Haida Gwaii, or 'Land of the People'.
In the far North and South they gathered at still other wild places,
each with its own natural name that spoke of the homelands of the
'The People'. Today, there still exists as many different spirit names
within time as there are nations of indigenous humans and non-humans
upon my body. But thousands of alien names like 'North America', 'Canada',
'United States', ' British Columbia', 'District of Columbia' enshroud
me and all my native life in darkness. For you to reach beyond their
shadows toward the light my names represent, is you to reach beyond
their shadows toward the light my names represent, is to undertake
a healing within yourself, you nation, me and all my minions.
the ultimate odyssey you now must create for yourself."