|Christi Belcourt (Métis) - The Wisdom of the Universe, 2014. Photograph|
Thursday, July 11, 2019
#192 / Let Wisdom Not Be Forgotten Or Ignored
The Métis are members of ethnic groups native to Canada and parts of the United States. They trace their descent to both indigenous North Americans and European settlers. Above is a picture of an art work by a Métis artist, Christi Belcourt, entitled "The Wisdom of the Universe." This is the kind of wisdom that Leah Penniman talked about in yesterday's blog posting.
Belcourt's work appears as part of a first ever museum retrospective of Native American and Canadian female artists, Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists. The showing is being held at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and will continue until August 18, 2019. Click here to read an article about the show, which The Guardian calls "groundbreaking."
The image above is stunning, and it made me think about how often we discount, forget, or ignore the wisdom that comes from the World of Nature, the world that ultimately sustains all life.
As Belcourt shows in such a wonderful way, the Universe is exuberant, prolific, and is teeming with beautiful intricacies that make all life possible. Native peoples knew that this intricate and beautiful tapestry of life is something that should be celebrated as the source of all Wisdom. It must not be damaged or forgotten. It is the fabric of existence. "Science" should be an adventure in exploration, not exploitation.
Almost always, we ignore the Wisdom of the Universe. We are interested in our own thoughts and creations, and so we sail into calamity, perhaps even into extinction, without ever making use of the sustaining wisdom that Nature offers.
I think that Belcourt is saying: "Look." "See." "There is still time to remember who we really are!"