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General News · 6th September 2019
Gerri Davis FOCI
Join Friends of Cortes Island for an engaging, enthusiastic and thoughtful afternoon of stories and a film by renowned ornithologist, author, film maker and artist Dr. Rob Butler. October 5th, 2019 2:00 - 3:30 - Tickets $10.00 at the door, $5.0o for FOCI members (FOCI memberships available at the door) refreshments & reception to follow.

Rob will open with a short talk about a new vision and relationship with nature, "Nature Culture" that draws on the latest research into health and well being benefits, describes an emerging market for entrepreneurs, and steps to build a sustainable culture.

He will follow with a preview of his latest film that will air on Knowledge Network in 2019 called RETURNING. Co-produced with internationally acclaimed fim maker Mike McKinlay, RETURNING is about a journey they took in search of nature infused culture in the Salish Sea.

Rob is a fellow of The Explorers Club, Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and American Ornithologists Society, an outstanding alumnus of Simon Fraser University and Capilano University, and Signature Member of Artists for Conservation.

See attached poster for details of this event to be held at Manson's Hall October 5th, 2019 Tickets $10.00 at the door, $5.0o for FOCI members (FOCI memberships available at the door)
Help to Create a TV Series: Salish Sea 2040
Comment by Donna Dryer on 10th September 2019
The Salish Sea: 2040

A TV series proposal

First camera shot
Close up:
You see a kayak paddle dipping into the water and as the water drips off the end of the paddle the sunshine glitters off of the water
The camera pulls back slightly
You see the paddle going in and out of the water in a rhythm and hear and see strong and heavy breathing puffs of vapor in the cool air
You see strong hands and arms pushing on the paddle, a woman's hands
The camera pulls back and you see a young woman in a kayak breathing hard moving the kayak forward very quickly with her paddle, a large medicine pack
is strapped onto the back of the kayak
Audio: you hear an eagle call, laughing, far away in the tree-tops, the breath of the woman and the wind in the trees and the water are all you hear
The camera pulls back again from above to see the woman skirting the shoreline of the temperate rainforest

Camera dissolves into a flashback of the same young woman in a round house lying down on a tatami mat with her eyes closed.
Pan the room: she's in the middle of a healing ceremony with other people playing a drum, rattle, and another woman singing a beautiful and haunting song in the background
Fade into her vision: she is communicating with a woman in labor through a resonance at a distance and the spirit of that womans baby you see as a numinous light around the woman; the new mother and the birthing babe are asking for the midwifes help through her vision in the ceremony. This strong inner calling has lead the midwife to hurry to the scene of the birth.

Camera shot is back on the young woman as she pulls the kayak up onto the shore above the tide line and brings the rope around a tree trunk, pulls her pack off of the back of the slim boat and runs up to a cabin in the woods.
As she enters all the people in the room light up with relief and gladness she's there.

We find out that this is the year 2022 and the Treaty of the Salish Sea Nations has been signed by all Indigenous Nations surrounding the Salish Sea. The treatys purpose is to help bring back the cetacean population that used to live in the Salish Sea and by doing so, heal the land, the sea, and all the creatures and peoples who live there.

The purpose of this series is to create a realistic vision of what could be possible if we unite now. It is also a way to educate people about how psychedelic medicine could be used for healing. The premise is that each episode is focused on a different spirit medicine, how it is best used, and how it can heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. How the people can use ceremonial vessels and psychedelic medicines to reconnect with the whole ecology of the sea and the land and the air. And most important how people can reconnect with each other.

Respecting Use of Traditional Land and Waterways for Sustainable Material Culture:

Acknowledging the gratitude for permission to live on and use the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxw7mesh (Squamish), St:lō and Səl̓lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

This series could be shot and edited on Cortes Island between 2020 and 2022. Cortes is uninhabited enough in most places that the backdrops for the 2040s series are already in place.

A state of the art film studio and editing suite will create the foundation for future films to be made all through the Salish Sea. Documentary and journalism schools will have electives on Cortes. Cetacean scientists and interspecies linguists will find more opportunities to make contact than anywhere else in the world.

The TV series and the ceremonies created here will form the basis for ongoing sustainable material culture after the filming is done.