part of the exhibition “In a time of change” with Bonanza Creek LTER
- 2024 September – October Copper River Gallery in Cordova, AK
- 2023 June – September Pratt Museum in Homer, AK
- 2022 September at the Bear Gallery in Fairbanks, AK
Show notes: https://itoc.alaska.edu/seed-songs-and-love-stories/
Shoots, leaves, flowers, and stems of fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium) enliven the borders and disturbed floors of the boreal forest between snow melt and snow fall.
Individuals across the northern hemisphere have consumed, constructed and healed with this perennial plant. The peoples of interior Alaska call the rhizomatous, floral willowherb gȯh.
Recipes lend locations of ingredients and instructions to follow. When done so carefully, we are graced with a nourishing gift. I call such intimate passages of where, when, and how to share such gifts of the boreal forest “love stories”.
I appreciate all who shared the love stories, adorning the cards, of how we can see, hear, smell, taste, and feel fireweed.
I appreciate you for reading this far. Be my guest: take a card (request by email), plant a new love story.
Thank you Katie Craney, Teresa Hollingsworth, Katie Spellman, Keith Thompson, Megan Perra, Elizabeth Alexander, Marian Eiben, Stefanie Ickert-Bond, Jan Dawe, Mary Beth Leigh, and you.
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