One of the keys to healthy culture is the creation of song, poem and story that reflects our values, dreams and visions.
As a cultural creative I have looked to other cultures to get a clue about authentic songs and stories. Songs written from the land, songs with power. Until recently this was a pattern in many places, borrowing songs from other cultures to express the intangible connection to nature that we value so much.
Recently in Vermont and the Art of Mentoring, we put out the high vision that we will become the visionaries and artists again. We will write our own songs, from our direct experience with nature, held by our authentic community.
Three songs were created, by the teen girls, the teen boys and the children.
The song from the girls was about water.
The song from the boys was about fire.
and the song from the children was about the birds and bird language.
The song about fire spread to the west coast, whenever hand made fires were being made. And then to Europe. And recently to Africa. Jon Young went on a special trip to the Kalahari to spend time with the San Bushman and this is the story he told in England this week: