Gray Smith (2017) introduces “the seven sacred teachings,” which include “honesty, respect, love, courage, truth, humility and wisdom” (p. 22). By following this teaching, people could be respectful and peaceful.
I use Dance Pedagogy to convey a message of love, respect, and gratitude to nature for the food it provides us. “Our involvement with the land can be through the exchange of stories in culture. It can be participation in a multitude of artistic experiences, such as storytelling, writing poetry and prose, creating visual arts, dancing” (Collellmir, 2013, p. 57).
We need to draw people’s attention to the messages that art wants to convey to us. When I was performing my artistic response, I invited the public to witness my life and joy. Some people watched my dance because it was in a public place, but they did not want to speak and they kept their social distance. I felt completely free. I really wanted to send a message of gratitude to Mother Earth for allowing us to have feelings that are difficult to express in words.
Dance connected me to the history of people who took care of the land, made it fertile, and knew how to share the benefits of the harvest with their community. I was connected with mother earth, the birds, insects, plants, and flowers. We were welcomed at the time of the blueberries harvest and the guarana seed.
Artist Jody Broomfield’s message in his artwork is that history can be immortalized through a work of art. Time can erase the shine of the piece, but it will never erase the story it contains. Time passes, but the memory remains to mark lives.