Framed print 13-1/2” x 13-1/2”
Artist: Paul Shilling ( Dazaunggee)
Chippewas of Rama-First Nation
The great exchange: we have exchanged culture for information and technology,
laughter for sadness, we have exchanged our freedom for a prison of the mind, life for
death, and courage for fear, we have exchanged justice for courts, and spirituality for
books filled with dogma, our true self buried under superficial niceness, we have
exchanged wisdom for education and professionalism, joy for depression.
In all this disparity, this separation between true and false, how do we come home
again to what is real. We must begin again, unearth the child and all the ways our inner
child was shaped and deceived - begin to know ourselves from the inside, and heal that
which has been stolen, reclaiming the path we were meant to walk.