Keys to our Collective Cultural Heritage and Future Stewardship. An Introduction to the Land Stories App
Written by Leora Berman, COO, The Land Between.
The history of the landscape that we occupy is often an overlooked component that shapes our sense of place and our personal identity. Yet these early stories hold the keys to individual inspiration, richer relationships, greater vitality of our communities, and also to insightful and increased understanding of how to best steward the natural world around us.
The Territories of the First People, their Teaching places and Trade routes show us the sophistication of these custodians, and the intricate inter-relationships that exist within the natural world around us. The route that Champlain took across the Land Between and the reasons for this journey may light the way to a new appreciation of the relationships and resources of this land, which sustained him in his expedition. The historic haunts and ghost towns, of the early Europeans teach us about foiled plans and instruct us in humility, which is the basis of knowledge.
These pieces, accounts, and pages of the whole narrative are incredibly invaluable- they introduce us to neighbours, inform us of new and different worldviews, and provide insight into the riches and restraints of this region …and what we can learn from these journeys and ways, can guide us to wisdom. However, because these layers are slowly vanishing from our lens, and are increasingly illusive in the modern arena, I ventured to create a repository for our collective cultural heritage. The Land Stories database and application are visible testimony in a modern medium for our shared identity. Here you will find routes, territories and stories. This is the beginning of a self-guided exploratory and online school and a storehouse for our ongoing discovery. I invite you to browse, share: https://knowledgecircles.ca/landstories/
Also add new old-stories to the board by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org