The First Canoe
This design represents a vision my father told me.
Also this has to do with the formula of AIR/FIRE-WATER
-- eagle (air), sun (fire), and dolphine (water).
the canoe is the journey. The sun setting is the heart of the drum.
My father told me this story and it was the first time
he used the word "vision" to me. Here's the story
that he told me, as he told it to me:
"I go for walk one day on beach to get some houlgeese
(driftwood). I walk long ways to walk. I come to reef.
The tide was up now I can't go around reef. I sit
down on log to rest for awhile. Me just sit there
looking at everything around. Mountains, trees, water, everything.
I sit there and I hear noise on the other side of reef.
I do not know noise. I listen anyways to noise. I
wonder about noise. Sounds like banging on log. I
listen to noise and I wonder what noise is. I go look for noise.
I go up reef and climb up. This reef is high and have
hard time climbing up. I climb and still hear noise I
look for. Noise coming closer. I go on top of reef.
I tired of climb and rest. I look down and see man
banging log. Him bang log. I see him banging long. I
wonder what bang log he was doing. I not know what for.
I never mind man I climb back down reef.
I tired now I sit down and hear man still bang log. I
look at everything around me and hear the songs on my
people coming from log. I look for long time and the
noise stopped noising. I now wonder what happened to
noise. I go back up and look for noise.
I got up top of reef. I look where man make noise. He
was not there, no man, he's gone. I go look for man
with noise. I climb down look for man. I go where man
bang noise on log. I see lots woodchips on beach.
I see drag on beach going to water. I see old tools he
used to make noise. I look out on the water, There's
the first man who built a canoe."
Myself, I sat there looking at the waters and mountains,
trees and everything around me. I see the vision my
father told me. I really think my father was preparing
my vision quest journey. My father taught me a
different view on the furture and to be prepared.
The access to the future.