Nitommo'toto: A letter to Castielljas

Nitommo'toto: A letter to Castielljas

Xilegg - Spring. As the flowers come out to breathe and as the birds begin to sing their songs again humans also feel a shift. The snow begins to melt and the break up of ice is just around the corner – it’s an ominous feeling of knew of fresh. This spring is very different than the last, not only for humans in the time of COVID–19, but too for our more-than-human relatives. Our plancestors have been adapting to the changes of this world in their own crises with climate change and other anthropogenic land impacts. We have so much to learn from Plants and so much to listen for. So as spring begins and the plants grow again, as we are practicing staying still in our homes, let us also practice the beautiful art of listening. Castielljas are the flowers I always look forward to seeing the most when the season changes, for what they teach us in their beauty and in their ways of being. So happy spring listeners, what flowers are you looking forward to seeing bloom?

This is part of our new mini series called Nitommo'toto which means Relatives in Blackfeet. We see Nitommo'toto as a way to engage you - our relatives - our community. Please send in short reflections, songs, poems, and anything else that you would like to be aired. We hope to highlight the artistry and wonders of creation that come from across our communities.

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