In confronting the climate crisis, perhaps the most important question we can ask is “Where do we begin?”
The thirty-two foot collaborative mural Through Watchers’ Eyes designed by tSouke member kQwa’st’not (Charlene George) helps to answer this question by inviting learners into a new way of seeing and relating to the natural world.
Through a nine-month collaborative process, this mural was painted at Spencer Middle School on the territory of the Lekwungen speaking peoples (Songhees and Esquimalt Nations). Through Watchers’ Eyes shares a complex and deep story seen through the eyes of Coast Salish SNA’WY’ALTH (practice and teaching) with the Wild Man and the Wild Woman. It invites voices and views that are noticeably absent in our present-day society, particularly when it comes to how we see nature and our place in it.
Seeing Through Watchers’ Eyes – Between the Worlds is an online interactive learning tool that tells the story of the land where the mural lives. Built using the Prezi platform with support from Sierra Club BC, this tool is a publicly shareable, culturally rich Indigenous learning tool to support community learners of all ages and backgrounds to see through another’s eyes.