Today, 30 September 2022, is the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.
This mandala features nuts and fruit all native to north eastern North America and is possible through the work and generosity of @pjchmiel. A visit earlier this week to his food forest near Kalamazoo, Michigan, yielded a bounty of nuts and seeds that are primarily destined to be grown out and next summer distributed as seedlings to gardens and community projects throughout Windsor and Essex County, Ontario, Canada.
The hazelnut is very close to my Polish heart. It is, or at least used to be, so ubiquitous in the Polish landscape and diet that in the Polish language it is the nut simply called "nut" ("orzech") and all other nuts are differentiated in their naming. This is also true of most North American native people who also call them simply "nut" in their respective languages, such as the Ojibway and also Anishinaabe word "bagaan".
Destruction of native eco-systems and species is as purposeful and fundamental a keystone of colonization as the destruction of native people, language, and culture. That these are seeds of plants that are native to here helps me to manage feelings of belonging and identity that I have struggled with my whole life.
These seeds lend a sense of continuity, anchored in the length of the very evolution of these plants and into the future.