Saving the environment together, should be as easy as sitting down together for a meal according to Candace Maracle’s latest documentary “The Grandfather of All Treaties.”
Maracle explored the symbolism and meaning behind the Two Row wampum belt.
This historical symbol acted as an agreement between the indigenous people and the first settlers. However, the two groups have never acted separately, with the notion of assimilating indigenous peoples and their culture.
In her documentary she featured Rick Hill who was a wampum belt history. The dish is a metaphor for sharing, but also conserving. Katsi Cook, echoed this sentiment for the sake of future generations. This is the battle.
Katsi Cook recognized that in today’s economy, its a tug and pull system that has exploited the environment to a point where we may not recover.
Maracle explained to journalism students at Loyalist College that indigenous movements over the past few years such as Idle No More, have lifted the blinders off people’s biases about indigenous stereotypes. Maracle said that stereotypes of indigenous people can range from the industries of cigarettes and casinos.
Journalist Martin Lukac said in the documentary that recent indigenous movements haven’t just created an indigenous response.
Using the dish as a metaphor for how we save and treat indigenous culture, comes down to showing respect.