Stories are orphaned as easily as people

MARIPOSA

Our cultural boats are sinking and our cultural houses crumbling in the tidal waves and earthquakes we have caused.

Stories are orphaned as easily as people in such a world. But stories seek people out, because they need people to tell them. And people need stories to tell, as much as they need shoes, knives and fire. We need them because stories are maps of the world; they are concentrated summaries of reality. People who have no stories to tell, like stories that have no people to tell them, don’t survive.

Robert Bringhurst, in Everywhere Being is Dancing, Kentville, Nova Scotia: Gaspereau Press, 2007, pp. 236-237

Illustration inspired by the designs of Pueblo pottery, New Mexico

 

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