On Aug.31, 2014 I visited Likely BC for the first time. It was 27 days after the dam at the Mt. Polley Mine tailings storage facility was breached and 10m cubic metres of slurry poured into neighbouring water ways; first Polley Lake, then Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake into Quesnel River into Fraser River my brother, my teacher, my friend. I was actually in Jasper leading a Heritage Day Water Ceremony for the Athabasca River when it happened and although my heart called me every day to go, I didn't have the time until the end of the month and even then only for a few hours. But it was enough.
I went with Helen, my Water Gratitude colleague and friend. We were both astounded by the beauty and peace of Nature's presence around us. Even more magical was the steady groups of salmon we could see from the dock swimming upstream towards Quesnel Lake, intent and committed to their chosen path regardless of the challenges they may encounter upstream. I could do no less than they. I sat down, turned on my iphone recorder and began to drum. I drum and I drum. I ride that steady beat like a horse out across the land, far and wide, high and deep; meeting, feeling, being with everyone I encounter....... and while I'm out there the sounds start to come, they find my voice and they bring me back to my body. Now I'm both out 'there' and 'here'...I am the Land and all her inhabitants and I am my human self with the singular human ability to modulate my vibration and my sound any way I choose.....and first come the long tones, and then the bits of melody shape themselves through, and I let them come, I let them show me who is out there in the Land, through the patterns of sound that come through, already woven, just waiting in the air for a willing voice to bring us together.
This is recording is Sound Weaving #1 with Quesnel Lake/River which happened on Aug. 31st, 2014. It was my first Greeting to this very sacred place in the BC interior to which I have the privilege of returning today.
From a social perspective I am returning to attend a Community Open House tonight and lead a community healing ceremony tomorrow night. For me personally, I am fulfilling a promise I made on Aug. 31st. I promised the Land and Waters I would return soon. And I feel a bit like a salmon because I know some part of me is going to die because of my association with this place, these Waters and people; an 'old' part of me that has been afraid to share my true voice is being released to allow my true loving self to emerge, a call I believe each one of us is hearing in the silence of our own heart.