Belonging. Being. Becoming. The heart of the Why.
Three fundamental stages shape our journey in this life: Belonging, Being, and Becoming. Each of these stages holds the key to understanding ourselves, our place in the world, and the relationships we cultivate.
Belonging is the foundation, where we discover the profound importance of knowing where and with whom we belong. Being is the stage where we grasp the significance of the here and now. It's where we learn where we fit into the bigger picture of life.
Becoming is the ever-evolving process of understanding the shape of our changing identity, which is intricately connected to our participation in society allows us to navigate the continuous evolution of self within the context of our community.
We are all striving to belong, be, and become. That is the thread that ties all the projects I work on together. The why I choose to do the things I do, to work on the projects I work on, to collaborate with the people I do.
In all of the projects, the initiatives, the creative works and collaborations, lies a dedication to unity and cultural preservation, and conservation of the planet and its people. I used to work very differently, that's a yarn for another time, and another place. I worked in New York, travelled the world, driven by money, and ego, until I was brought into a different way of being, sitting with native alaskan people, coming back to my home country, to initiated with my mentor, and the entire focus of my life changed. But like I said, another yarn for another place around this campfire.
Through my work, I seek to empower remote communities, ignite the flames of creative expression in the youth through the lens of photography, and amplify the voices of indigenous cultures that deserve to resonate across continents. Each project is a beacon, illuminating the path toward a world where stories are shared, wisdom is revered, and the tapestry of humanity is interwoven.
What we can know is deeply intertwined with our responsibilities and relationships with people, ancestors, land, law, and the larger act of creation. The custodial species, which we are a part of, plays a vital role in sustaining this creation. It's a task that originates from the complexity and interconnectedness of our world.
Our way of knowing is guided by cultural metaphors, intricate narratives that provide us with a framework for understanding the world. The way we operate in this world is by adapting and living out these cultural metaphors, allowing us to harmonize our identity and relationships with the ever-changing landscape of life. This holistic perspective, deeply rooted in Indigenous wisdom, serves as a guiding light in our journey of belonging, being, and becoming.
As you look through the projects, envision yourself as an integral part of these narratives. For you are. If a project resonates with your spirit, if its purpose aligns with your own aspirations, I wholeheartedly extend an invitation for you to become a collaborator, a catalyst, a co-creator. Whether your contribution is a skill, a perspective, or simply a shared passion, your involvement transforms these projects into chapters of collective growth and enduring impact.
Ask yourself to whom do you Belong, how in the world do you want to Be, and how can Becoming that change the world. Because we all have a story to tell.