An accompanying issue that cannot really be separated is Environment, also represented by the eagles.
Living as part of the environment, part of nature, is the base on which indigenous Spirituality is built,
it cannot be ignored in the process of achieving Reconciliation. And so, Dance of Eagles is also about
Nature, about Mother Earth, which is becoming sadly out of balance. It is an issue that needs to be
addressed as part of the conversation.
Which brings in the issue of Respect: to recognize and accept the history, acknowledge the need for
Balance, and to work to achieve that Balance, is to learn to respect each other, just as the eagle
respects and works with his partner.
And with Respect, Reconciliation is possible.
A short note about the artist: IceBear is a status Indian, Ojibway, from the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. Like so many others of his generation, and those before and after, as a small child he was removed from family and rural community, and raised in foster care in a big city. He credits his art for seeing him through those times, and maintains that he was born at age 15, when he chose Art as his life path.
He now lives and works on Vancouver Island.
Art for Truth & Reconciliation
Dance of Eagles is a symbolic joining of the people of this land in one amazing representation of balance, strength, and wisdom. We can tell our own story. We can create a longer lasting legacy than just spoken words or a historical footnote found on a page.
The goal is to build a monumental expression marking this time in history not just for Aboriginal people but this great Northern tribe called CANADA. A time when we all stood together as Canadians proud of our people, proud of this land, proud to be unique. A time when we said no to racism, hatred, intolerance and greed.
We are free.
Dance of Eagles speaks of the cultural history of Indian people across the country, and indeed the continent. It sings of their relationship with the land and waters of their traditional territories. We are moving forward into the future and respecting the past. It is our chance to share our story!
"If we we can give our spirituality and perhaps see it woven into the fabric of what it means to be a Canadian. then this truly can change culture and culture changes everything". It is a culture for all the world to see
Dance of Eagles illustrates that our cultures, so often appearing to be working at odds, can and must learn to come together; through the tough times, and through the conflicts. We can learn when to hold fast, but more importantly, when to let go, to fly again independently along parallel paths.