By Maria Gonzalez-Blue

Northern California on Pomo and Graton Rancheria Land

I believe every day should be Earth Day. Mother Earth sustains and holds us every day of our lives. A simple ritual of greeting her each morning honors her and connects us to our own innate nature. I teach Mixed Media Intuitive Arts through our local community college, on line now of course. I recently asked my students to create an organic piece in nature, taking photos we shared via our zoom class. Here is my piece. 

Labyrinth for Nature Spirits

Express Earth Day

Spontaneous Witnessing Response Poetry
By Diane McLeod

Deep into the earth, we must go.

Aki (Mother Earth) nurtures.

I love you, Makwa (Bear).

I love you, Aki.

I love you, Gitche Manitou (Great Energy/Great Love).

You are forever loved in a time of anguish.

You are healing medicines.

I am presently an art therapy student at Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy: Diploma Program (WHEAT) in Canada. I am mostly a self-taught artist that was born in Kenora, Ontario, Canada in 1965. I am from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation located 76 km away from Kenora. I live in Kenora where I work as a professional artist. 

I am an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) and mixed cultured woman, and mother of three and from the Makwa Doodem (Bear Clan). My short experimental videos are informed and influenced by a spirituality of a higher self, guardians, and ancestors.