I am living in Algonquin territory, on Turtle Island, of the Kitigan Zibi Algonquins. I live in the Outaouis, near Gatineau Park, in eastern Canada. I acknowledge that the land that I am on and harvesting wild materials on is the unceded territory of the Algonquin people, who are the stewards and caretakers of the land. Migwitch.
Thanks for sharing so beautifully Erin, and welcome to the course.
Beautifully written. X
Good Morning from Williamson, New York, on the South shore of Lake Ontario. This is the land of the Seneca peoples, one of the five tribes in the Iroquois Nation. The Seneca are also called People of the Hill. I am looking forward to learning new ways to use and honor some of the natural beauty around me. Mary Jo TenEyck
Welcome Mary Jo, and thank you for your beautiful introduction.
I’m struggling to get my work lap top to comply with my requests! So nt sure if this info has arrived in the right section.
I’m learning from a little village in the West country in the UK. East Coker in rural Somerset, although I’m from Dorset, which isfamous for its Jurassic coast, Cerne Giant, Thomas Hardy plus many others. Somerset where I’ve lived for 20 plus yrs is home to cider making, willow farms, its a county with a rich arts heritage and again a rural county.
Hi Sarah, welcome. My dad’s family is from Dorset and Somerset, so it’s lovely to have you here ?
I live in southern lreland, on the coast at a beach called Curracloe! It’s where they made the Normandy landings for the film Saving Private Ryan. It’s very quiet and peaceful
Sounds like a beautiful place.
I live in the small state of Delaware in the US. My home is in the southern most part of the state in a very small beach community. The care takers of this wonderful place were the Nanacoke Indians, who are natives of this sacred ground. They too were invaded by English colonists who came to the Americas. I would like to honor their great land and their people.
Thanks for your beautiful acknowledgement Barbara.
I,m in the Netherlands. I live in a small village on the south-west coast.
With a nice garden and the northsea nearby.
Welcome Jans, great to have you here
I am living on a small farm in central North Carolina, US. This land was a dairy farm over 100 yrs ago and I do my best to preserve the few acres left and the 120 yr old farmhouse I live in.
Wow, sounds like a beautiful home. Welcome Jambie.
I too live in unceded Algonquin territory in an area near the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini community. I acknowledge the presence and stewardship of the Algonquin people on this land since time immemorial and am thankful for the opportunity I have to respectfully live and harvest here.
Thanks for that beautiful acknowledgment Krystal Joy. So good to have you here.
I’m living in a small town in Hungary, (called Szigetszentmiklós) near the capital of the country, Budapest, closed to the river Danube. This territory was the land of prince Árpád, after the hungarians came here. We have an old house with a small garden.
Welcome Judit. Now I am thinking about my visit to Hungary many years ago. Lovely to have you here.
I live in Victoria , around the Geelong and Great Ocean Rd area .This is Wathaurang Country and I also would like to acknowledge the elders of this land past present and future and thank them for their continued sharing and welcome.
I am blessed to be growing an amazing garden ,planting trees for and a growing environment for a natural in habitants. I am enjoying this time to complete many things I have promised to myself
Oh that sounds beautiful Sally. I look forward to seeing what you create with the plants in your garden.
I live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on Yuggerah, Yuggerahbul, Jagera and Turrbal country and would love to acknowledge and pay my respect to the elders of this land past, present and emerging. I am grateful to this land and have found, grown or gathering my dyeing materials from her.
Beautiful, thanks for joining us Gabrielle.
I live in Canberra, Australia, the country of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, and a traditional meeting place for neighbouring nations, the Ngarigu, the Wolgalu, Gundungurra,
Yuin and Wiradjuri.
I would like to acknowledge and show my respect to the traditional custodians of this land
and their Elders past and present and emerging.
Thanks for sharing Freya. I was born and raised in Canberra, such great eucalyptus leaves for eco-printing there!!
I live in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, USA. It’s home to the cultures of over 17 contemporary Native American tribes, with settlements at American Indian reservations in California and Arizona, as well as populations in Mexico. The largest city in the Sonoran Desert is Phoenix, Arizona, and I live in a suburb north of Phoenix called Scottsdale.
Thanks for sharing Robin, and welcome to the course.
Hi. I live in Lithuania, a beautiful country in Europe, situated by the Baltic sea. I live in the suburbs, near the capital city of Vilnius. I feel I am native to the land, Lithuanians have lived for a long time here. We have a house and a yard, there is a forest nearby.
Welcome Vitamei. I visited your beautiful country many years ago, it felt like I was in a fairytale.
Hello. I live in Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, Europe. I live in a flat in the city centre and I have a tiny garden with a tiny house some kilometers from home. Here I am doing gardening of course and a lot of creative stuff also. 2 years ago in the late summer I started to eco print almost all leaves and now I will continue.
Nice to meet you all.
Welcome Marianne. Your garden sounds beautiful. I look forward to seeing what you create.
Currently living in Grafton which is home to the Bundjalung people, however spend a lot of time in the area I grew up in which is home to the Dharawal people. I acknowledge and respect the aboriginal peoples, past present and future, their connection to the land, the struggles they have lived, and those which continue.
Thank you for sharing Ash, and for joining us.
I have recently moved to the land of the Kabi Kabi people of south east Queensland but grew up in Wiradjuri Country in New South Wales. I acknowledge the traditional owners of both these lands
Beautiful, thank you for sharing Jane
Hello everyone! I live in a flat in Antwerp, Belgium, Europe. I can visit a lot of parks and forest and we have a botanical garden in the city centre of Antwerp!
Beautiful, it sounds like you will have access to lots of leaves! Welcome to the course.
I live in Charlotte, North Carolina on some beautiful wooded land with a stream. I acknowledge and pay my respects to the Catawba Indian Nations’ connection to this land. We share the land with a herd of deer that I enjoy watching. I am honored and grateful to live on this little patch of earth that connects all of us together.
That sounds like a really beautiful and special place. Welcome to the course.
I live in a suburb of Los Angeles, California, with a large yard and garden and mountain trails with-in walking distance from my house. Southern California is home to many, Native American Tribes. Historically this land is home to the Tongva or Kizh tribes, now known as the Gabrieleno
people. Hunters and gatherers, expert traders that traveled to a broad range of territories.
I am grateful for this question of land origin as I did not specifically know of this tribe and had to do a little research.
I am grateful for this land and the rich resources that are available to me.
Oh I’m so glad the question inspired you to learn more about the place you live. Acknowledgments of Country are becoming more common in Australia and I would love to see the practise spread more to other colonised places.
Hello dear all – this is beautiful – I am joining from Greece where I have lived now for four years on one of the small Ionian islands. This little place has been dominated by so many countries which have all left some kind of heritage in one way or another, until in 1864 finally it has been annexed to Greece!
Welcome Antje! And thanks for sharing a little story about Greece.
Hello everybody! I live in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. My home is ashore of Baltic sea and I have a forest quite near, even I live in a city, in block of flats. Finns have lived here very long. The aboriginals of Finland are the Sami, who live in nothern Finland. This is quite bare and cold country – but in the beautiful way. We have thousands of deep blue lakes and a lot of forests. We don’t have mountains but forested hills. I respect a lot of bedrock with the various colours from deep grey to red and
Wow, sounds very beautiful and very different from here, except for the forests part – although I am sure your forests are a very different colour.
Hello all! I live in a smallish college town in the Pacific Northwest corner of the United States surrounded by lichen, moss, mushrooms, and mountains. Flanked by bay waters calmed and protected by the Islands of Puget Sound. This is the land of the Coast Salish people, specifically the Lummi and Nooksack Tribes. It is spring here so the tips of things are turning green, pink, white, new!
Oh that sounds beautiful! I’ve had some lovely prints on paper from lichen, although I don’t use it often because I know it grows very slowly.
I am also in the land of the Lummi and Nootsack, hello neighbor.
How exciting Bhamviets! Your name makes perfect sense to me now 😉 I am very curious to see what we are able to find!
Hello all! I live in Oakland , California, across the bay from San Francisco. We are living on the land of the Ohlone indigenous people. I often hike with my children in the beautiful redwood forests and talk about the native people who nurtured, loved and respected this land.
so beautiful, thank you for sharing and welcome to the course
Hi everyone, I’m also lucky enough to live in the beautiful Blue Mountains on Darug and Gundungurra Country. I work in Sydney on Gadigal land and I grew up near Nowra on the lands of the Wodi Wodi of the Yuin Nation. I pay my respects to those who have cared and continue to care for Country. Growing up in the bush and now living close to the national park is really special to me as I find nature to be the best healer. Experimenting with natural dyes is such a wonderful way to bring a love of nature, curiosity and creativity together. Thank you!
Oh, how lovely to have a fellow mountains person on here! Welcome Rae.
I acknowledge, respect and honour the First Nations in whose traditional territories I reside. West Kootenay of British Columbia Canada where once the Sinixt spent time fishing, hunting, gathering. Sinixt still live here today.
Beautiful, thanks for sharing.
I live in rural northern Nevada on a working farm and ranch. Our valley is part of the Great Basin and I wish to acknowledge the native people of the Shashone and Paiute tribes that have lived here for thousands of years. I feel blessed to call this beautiful high desert landscape my home as well. Thinking the peacock feathers lying around my yard could make for some interesting patterns. Love the spirit of this class. Thank you!
Sounds like a beautiful place Sally. I’d love to see what peacock feathers do incorporated in some rolled bundles!
Hello, I’m living on a small farm in Warwickshire, England. This land has been farmed for hundreds of years, probably by a succession of incomers from celts, romans, saxons onwards. We bought the farm in the early ’90s and have since converted the land to organic farming and planted lots of hedges and trees, so I trust we will leave it in a better state than we found it.
Oh that sounds amazing, what a fantastic legacy!
How beautiful. I live in the netherlands, in the outskirts of a city. Quite boring actually. I hope one day to live on a small farm
Welcome Ninshar, so glad you could join us.
Hello everyone. I live in a small market town in the United Kingdom called Alcester. The town is surrounded by countryside and at the moment it’s lovely and sunny!
Oh beautiful. It’s been mostly raining here for 2 months, can you send some sun?!
Hi Clare, you and I are pretty close together – I live near Leamington Spa. Maybe we’ll meet in person one day!
Jane aka jaroing
I live in Sothern Sicily, in the countryside but not far from the sea. I’ve been lucky to have been able to move up here right before the quarantine started, so I now have access to leaves and flowers and finally started ecoprinting, which is something I wanted to do for a long time. Thank you Louise for making this course available to many. Idoia
How beautiful, I’m glad you are set up so well and ready to begin eco-printing with us.
I live in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The Osage, Missouria and Illini are the main tribes of indigenous peoples of this state. I think there were a few smaller or more nomadic tribes at times. Across the Mississippi river from St. Louis is the pre-historic mound city of Cahokia, which is truly amazing. I am very much a “do it myself” kind of person and I’m looking forward to learning some new dying techniques. Thank you for this very affordable class.
Hi Michelle, so glad you can join us. I’m also a very DIY person, and I hope I encourage you all to experiment, not just follow my techniques.
Hello from Worimi country, in the Great Lakes region of the NSW mid coast, where I acknowledge the traditional custodians and their elders past present and emerging .
Welcome Jen, great to have you here.
I’m currently living in New Zealand ??. Māori are the tangata whenua, the indigenous people, of New Zealand. They came here more than 1000 years ago from their mythical Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. I feel very honoured I am able to call this county home. I live just north of Wellington which is very windy but beautiful.
Thanks for sharing Vicki. So glad you could join us.
Hallo, I live in a smal village in in the Dolomite, when I look out of the window I can see mountains everywhere. Happy to be part of this course, thank you Louise!
Oh that sounds incredible! Welcome to the course.
Hi. It’s nice to read where people are and history of the land. I’m from Dublin, Ireland. We have a 2km travel limit in place during the pandemic, so I’m looking forward to noticing the plants in my area during small walks
I really appreciate that eco-printing helps us to connect more with our local plants. I guess in this time this is even more precious!
Hello, my name is Esther and I am from the Netherlands. I love my country because we have so much beautiful nature and everything is nearby when I comparing to Australia. I’ve traveled there for one year and absolutely loved it! Best experience ever. It’s almost 20 years ago but I still think about it very often ❤️
And I spent a year in the Netherlands! Yes, everything is very close there and I love how easy it is to ride everywhere! Very different from the hilly place I live now!
I am in the PNW in the lands of the Lummi and Nootsack. We are blessed to live near the mountains and the ocean.
Welcome, so glad you can join us!
Hi. I live in a small apartment in the old working class neighbourhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. Although a bigger city, it offers plenty of green spaces within walking or biking distance. I look forward to exploring the possibilities of the plants around me!
Welcome Julie. So glad you’ll have lots of access to plants.
My name is Audrey. I am the eldest daughter of a first generation French immigrant. I live in the foothills of the western mountains of Maine, in the High Peaks region, right on the line between the Abenaki and Penobscot territories of the Wabanaki Confederacy, along the Androscoggin River. Grateful to be taking part in this course—thank you for making it available to us.
It’s my pleasure, thanks for being part of it.
Thank you to the Okanagan/Sqilxw/Syilx First Nations for allowing me access to this beautiful land. I live in Vernon, BC , Canada, where my home overlooks a stunning turquoise lake named Kalamalka and my backyard reaches into the Kal provincial park.
Wow, sounds like a very special place. Welcome!
Hello all creative people around the world. I’m Living in Denmark Outside Copenhagen surrounded by very Old trees in a small town directly translated in english WeRoom.
I love the possibility to join a worldwide community in a kind of room where We are together ??❤️
Welcome Birgit. Yes, it is beautiful to have this connection and time together!
Hello, I live in Toulouse, the capital of Occitanie, in France. It is known by its orange brick haven sculpted by 2000 years of history. That’s why it is called “la ville rose”. The blend of sunshine makes this city beautiful to live with warm habitants. I live in a small appartment but luckly I can still find some green places to spend time!
Oh that sounds like a very special and beautiful place! Welcome to the course.
Hi. I live just outside of Port Macquarie in NSW, Australia. This area is the traditional home of the Birpai people whose custodianship and love of this country I acknowledge, as well as elders – past, present and emerging. This is an area full of wonderful plants, animals & birds – although somewhat devastated by the bushfires last summer.
Thanks for sharing, and welcome to the course!
Hello! I live in California in the Bay Area (West Oakland) on Muwekma Ohlone territory. My little house I share with roommates is in a dense kinda dirty/wild city area that I love. I would like to acknowledge and show my respect to the native custodians of this land
and their Elders past and present and emerging ❤️
Beautiful, thanks for sharing and for joining us.
Hello all! What a lovely way to be welcomed to this inspiring community! I live in the city of Vancouver, in the state of Washington, USA. Our First Residents were primarily the Chinook tribes, as well as the Cowlitz, Klickitat, and Clackamas tribes, all drawn to the abundance of salmon found in the great Columbia River. My little house has a developing garden so I am excited to learn how to include and enjoy what nature and all of you can share❤️
Thanks for your beautiful acknowledge, and welcome to the course Michelle!
Hi everyone… I live in the lower mainland of British Columbia where spring is just beginning to come to life. The area I live in was the traditional home to the Katzie tribal band which is part of the Salish group of indigenous people on the West Coast of BC. I hope I can find some “dye stuffs” available at this time of year.
Hi Lynda, so glad you could join us. Have you got any evergreen trees around you?
Hi everyone, I am Kaat and live also in the city Antwerp (Belgium) as Katja does. I am also living in an appartment and I am surrounded with beautiful parks. Funny to see that I encounter here someone from my city as well. Good question: who are the original people from Belgium. To be honest I had to look it up as Belgian has been occupied by many peoples. That is what I find: ‘The name “Belgium” was adopted for the country, the word being derived from Gallia Belgica, a Roman province in the northernmost part of Gaul that, before Roman invasion in 100 BC, was inhabited by the Belgae, a mix of Celtic and Germanic people’. Good to know. 🙂
Welcome Kaat. Glad I inspired you to look up the history of your place.
My name is Lo and I’ll be taking the course while on Chochenyo and Ohlone tribal lands in the so-called Bay Area. The extractive impacts of colonialism are especially felt in this part of the US, and so I’m most looking forward to learning dye methods that utilize the resources I already have on hand.
Hi Lo, thanks for joining us, and for caring about living gently with the resources we already have.
My name is Joanne & I live in the city of Casey , Victoria. The traditional land owners were from 2 tribes:
– The Bunurong/Boon Wurrung peoples (also known as the Bunerong)
– the Wurundjeri peoples.
I have a couple of Oak trees near me. It has a great leaf shape but also helps to make dark blacks when eco dyeing. 🙂
Beautiful, thank you for sharing Jo.
My name is Diana. I am from Russia but last 5 years I have been living in the Netherlands. The city I live is called Wageningen. It is a small but very cozy city. We have beautiful parks and our city is located within a national park.
Welcome Diana, glad you could join us.
I live in Finland. Land of the thousands lakes and forest. I live in small village Koskenkorva. Forest is right in my back yard.
That sounds amazing. Welcome Niina.
I live in the Chattahoochee Hill Country outside of Atlanta, GA. It is has green rolling hills with farms dotted throughout the area. Generations of families of lived and worked this land. It used to be cotton country.
Beautiful, thanks for sharing and welcome!
Kia ora from Otautahi, Aotearoa (Christchurch, New Zealand)!
I acknowledge Ngai Tahu and Ngai Tuahuriri as the iwi (tribes) of this area, and also pay respect to the Whenua (land) itself for all the resources we use.
I’m a little bit late joining, but I look forward to creating and learning with you all soon!
Kia ora Simone. I’m sure you’ll catch up in no time.
I live in Michigan where many towns, rivers,and places in general have Native American names. I honor each Nation and their connection to this earth. I promise to be mindful when I use natural materials. I promise to take only what is needed for my purpose and to be thankful for the gift.
Beautiful, thanks so much for sharing Ann, and for choosing to be mindful and grateful in this work.
I live in the Adirondacks in New York State in the United Sates. I love living near mountains and lakes and that my family has easy access to so much nature. We are excited to start this course together. Thank you.
Isn’t it wonderful living near mountains and lots of natural places! Welcome to this course.
Hello. I live on Lutruwita country in Nipaluna region (Hobart, Tasmania). I acknowledge the true custodians and ancestors of this land past present and future, I pay gratitude, respect and blessings to the Palawa people. I feel the sorrow and pray healing to this land. I am deeply grateful for the abundant gifts of nature of this place and for the resources of it which i may use in this course. Thank You 🙂
Welcome, and thank you for that beautiful acknowledgment.
I grew up at the coast and now live in Raleigh, NC.
North Carolina has been home to many Indigenous peoples at various points in time, including the tribes/nations of: Bear River/Bay River, Cape Fear, Catawba, Chowanoke, Coree/Coranine, Creek, Croatan, Eno, Hatteras, Keyauwee, Machapunga, Moratoc, Natchez, Neusiok, Pamlico, Shakori, Sara/Cheraw, Sissipahaw, Sugeree, Wateree, Weapemeoc, Woccon, Yadkin, and Yeopim.
Today, our State recognizes 8 tribes: Coharie, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Saponi, Haliwa Saponi, Waccamaw Siouan, Sappony, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee.
I honor and respect the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this land on which I live and move and have my being.
Wow, what an incredible diversity of cultures. Thank you for sharing!
Hi! I’m currently in Poland and the land was for most of times in hands of Slavic people. There was a lot of different smaller tribes on beginning, later joined to form Kingdoms and finally to form a country around 10th century. There is a lot of nature here, fields of wild flowers and forest- should find some materials for work:) Have fun all of you:)
Wonderful, welcome to the course and I look forward to seeing what you create with the wild flowers and forest plants
Isikelele ilizwe, nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika.
I am in Southern Africa and we are surrounded by mountains, ocean, fynbos plant life and wild animals 🙂 Much natural resource for us here, lots to be honoured and treasured. Looking forward to deepening my conncetion to nature through this course.
oh beautiful, I really look forward to seeing what you can create with your local plants! Welcome to the course.
I live in North Florida , USA by the Atlantic ocean. Land of the Timucuan People
Beautiful, welcome to the course
I live in Los Angeles, California, which was originally inhabited by the Tongva people.
Great, welcome to the course!
I live in Blackmore, Essex England.
A beautiful village with duck ponds and stocks on the green.
So obviously everyone behaves themselves here.
Thanks for you kind offer and fascinating course…
My pleasure, so glad you can join us.
I live in San Jose, CA. The Ohlone Tribe is who I wish to acknowledge as the original custodial of the land I live on.
Hello, Im in Dharawal Country, on the beautiful southern coast of NSW.
I live in the US, on unceded Lenni Lenape lands outside of Philadelphia. It is a temperate meadow/forest landscape.
Welcome, glad you could join us.
I live in Leiden, Netherlands, a city with a rich history in cloth production.
So happy to join!
Welcome, so happy you are here!
I’d like to acknowledge I live on the unceded territory of the Musquem, Tsleil we tuth and Squamish nations. Vancouver, BC. Originally from Merrylands, Sydney.
Thank you for sharing, and welcome.
Hello! I live in Porto, Portugal. Very excited to be part of this
Wonderful, welcome Sofia!
Hello! I live in Curitiba, the capital of the state of Parana, in the south of Brazil. It’s a very nice modern city with lots of parks and green areas.
I discovered ecoprinting in 2017 and since then I have been studying about it, making courses and practicing.
Experimenting with plants and natural dyes is a very nice way to get closer to nature and it’s cycles.
Nice to meet you all! I love the opportunity to join a worldwide group and learn more together.
How wonderful, great to have you here! I look forward to seeing how Brazilian leaves print.
Oi, Rejane, bom conhecer outras brasileiras aqui. Sou de São Paulo.
I am in Singapore right now, but from lovely Tasmania originally. I left Australia over 20 years ago, and back then, nobody paid tribute to the original inhabitants of the land. I love that this has become something in Australian culture. This was supposed to be my year to be moving home to Tassie…I’m not sure what will happen now.
Yes, I also love that acknowledgments are becoming more common, and that we all can take responsibility for bringing this into daily life.
I live on the illegally occupied ancestral ʻāina (land) of my kanaka maoli (native Hawaiian) kūpuna (ancestors) here in Hawaiʻi on Moku O Keawe, known as as Hawai’i Island where I was born, raised and continue to carry on my kūpuna’s practices and traditions to live in aloha (love) and malama (take care) of the ʻāina as a steward.
We also share a similar practice when we gather of acknowledgement that honors the lands, waters, mountain(s) and sea that provide, take care and nourish us. I really wanted to mahalo you for sharing this vital and important practice of acknowledging the original stewards and caretakers of the land where you live – speaking these practices into all places is so important to healing and understanding.
I am sending solidarity with aloha form Hawai’i to the land and its people because we too know it “Always was, always will be aboriginal land”
Mahalo nui loa.
Thanks so much Waiala. Wonderful to hear about similar practises where you are. It is so simple but so important to name these things and keep remembering – as you say, it is an opening to hearing and understanding, which is why I love to begin my ecourses this way.
I live on Darug country, pay my respects to elders, past, present and emerging. I acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and this land always was, always will be aboriginal land.
Thanks Arahina. Lovely to have someone from nearby joining us.
Good Morning Everyone! I am a bit of a late starter in the course but couldn’t pass up this amazing opportunity to connect with the earth and all of you. What a better day to start though than “Earth Day!”
I live in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. I acknowledge that the land that I am on and harvesting wild materials from is the traditional territory of the Cowichan people.
You are very welcome, still plenty of time to join us and get started.
Olá! Meu nome é Mirian
Moro no Brasil, um país aonde os índios ainda lutam por suas terras. Não temos uma vida fácil. A injustiça social é muito forte em nosso território, mas o povo é trabalhador. Encontrei na natureza forças para viver e ser feliz. Muito obrigada por essa oportunidade de adquirir conhecimento com artista que eu admiro o trabalho!?
It’s so wonderful to have you here Mirian. I’m glad nature gives you strength and peace, I can relate.
Oi, Miriam, moro em São Paulo. Bom saber que há mais brasileiras aqui.
I live in Tønsberg, Norway, close to the burial ground of the Oseberg Viking ship, and regard myself as descended from the vikings.
How wonderful! Welcome Greta.
Kia Ora everyone. I am Eilis, originally from Erin or Ireland. Brought to Aotearoa/New Zealand at a young age. I am proud to call Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) my home. It has been home to a number of iwi (tribes). Today there are 6 in the region. Ngati Paoa, Ngati Tai, Te Wai-o-Hua (who originate from Nga Oho), Ngati Whatua-o-Orakei, Ngati Te Ata and Te Kawerau-a-Maki.
I live in the west so the iwi out here is Te Kawerau-a-Maki. I appreciate all that Papatuanuku (our Earth Mother) provides and gifts to us. I am very happy and pleased to be able to be on this course with you all. Much appreciation to you for making it available at this time. ?❤️
I’m so glad you could join us Eilis, and thank you for sharing some Maori words and information with us. It is one of the ways Aotearoa is so far ahead of Australia.
Hola a todos!
My name is Belen and I live in Viña del Mar, Chile. My city is next to the see and the Cordillera de la Costa, it´s a beautiful place with amazing landscapes. Im born in Valdivia, south of Chile, so I grew up surrounded by the “cold jungle”, where every day of the year is green and damp, so the vegetation and native flora is the protagonist always.
Thank you so much for the possibility of the iso dye club!
Oh how wonderful, I look forward to seeing what you can create with your local plants! Welcome
Hello everyone! I’m excited to join this course. My name is Michelle and I live and work in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in northern Canada in the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.
Glad you could join us Michelle, welcome!
I’m a South African, living in Melbourne, Australia for nearly 4 years now. Melbourne is now home for me and my family. I’m in the Yarra Valley and I believe the Wurundjeri people was the traditional custodians of the land now known as Manningham. I fell in love with all the beautiful Eucalyptus trees and native Australian plants and can’t wait to use them in this course.
Welcome Celeste. I totally understand your love for our beautiful flora 🙂
Hello, I am Toni- I am currently living in the capital city of Sacramento, California. This land belongs to the Miwok, Yahi, Patwin and Maidu tribes but unfortunately most of their culture has been wiped out due to casinos and the gold rush of 1849.
Our city is lucky to have an abundance of trees lining the city streets and plant life growing along the Sacramento and American Rivers. I spend many days in conversation with our local native plants and I am studying herbalism in the nearby city of Berkeley, land of the Ohlone people.
Thanks for sharing Toni, and welcome the course.
I live in a small apartment near Lisbon, Portugal. I’m in a city but there’s a surprising amount of plants and trees on the side of the roads and in parks. The river is also a source of peace and inspiration.
Glad you are able to access lots of plant materials, I look forward to seeing what you create!
I live on the south shore of Nova Scotia in Mi’kmaq territory next to the Atlantic Ocean. Our spring buds are just barely starting to show. Thank you for this opportunity to learn.
My pleasure Linda, welcome!
I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida in the U.S., which lies along the Gulf of Mexico on the west coast of the state. The area originally belonged to the Tocobaga Indians, who settled here in 900. Around 1528, Panfilo de Narvaez, a Spanish explorer, arrived bringing violence and disease. The peaceful Tocobaga were extinct within 100 years. Thank you for this opportunity to honor my area’s first settlers, who according to archaeological excavation, were excellent tool-makers and potters.
Thanks Donna, I appreciate your sharing and honouring.
I live in the french speaking part of Switzerland in a city by the lake, with lots of green spaces. By it’s geography, Switzerland has always been both isolated and in a lot of contacts with surrounding countries. And it would not be the prosperous place it is now without all the hard work done by so many people of different origins, in the past and nowadays. So I would like to acknowledge all the people who make the so often overlooked and underpaid work that allow us to live our comfortable lives, regardless of origins.
Yes, that is very true, thank you for acknowledging that! I think we can all relate.
I live in Denmark, a town called Skagen. It’s at the top of Europe where two seas meet. A beautiful and peaceful place with beautiful beaches, woods and heathland. Looking forward to transforming our beautiful nature into beautiful craftsmanship
Oh, sounds beautiful. Welcome!
I live in North London, there is a park nearby where I hope I can gather all my materials.
Wonderful, welcome Sinead. It sounds hard being in a big city at this time, I’m glad you have a local park.
I live in Catalonia, do you know it? Some people in Catalonia want to become independent of Spain, it is an old claim.
I was born in Barcelona but for 18 years I have lived in a village and set up a business, it is a farm of regenerative agriculture. These days of confinement we are working harder than ever and I don’t have much time to devote to the course.
I really like nature and especially living surrounded by it. These days of confinement I have at my disposal the forest and all the leaves I need.
I always look forward to learning new things and also supporting Louise’s work.
So lovely to have you join us Edurne. I do know of Catalonia, and visited Barcelona many years ago. It sounds like wonderful work that you do, so important!
I’m a late starter to this group but I’ve done some eco-dying before so I hope to catch up.
I live in Brisbane in a suburb called Indooroopilly which is most likely a corruption of either the local Aboriginal word nyindurupilli, meaning ‘gully of the leeches’ or yindurupilly meaning ‘gully of running water’.
The traditional owners of the Indooroopilly area are the Aboriginal Jagera and Turrbal groups.
I confess that I don’t feel like an Australian even though I’ve lived here for most of my life. I was born in central Finland and have been back there a number of times. During a visit to Lapland in 1986 I was overwhelmed by a feeling of “coming home” in a way that I’ve never felt before or since. My DNA screen indicates that I’m 96% Finnish/North-west Russian so I guess my ancestors lived in that area for a very long time, and I carry that history in my genes.
I’m looking forward to learning more about eco-dying through this course.
Hi Lena, thanks for sharing about your local area and your ancestral place too. Welcome to the course.
Hello, all. Grateful to be here. I live in New Bedford, Massachusetts, US. currently occupying Wampanoag land of the Wampanoag/Mashpee tribes. I acknowledge them as the original earth tenders and stewards of this land. As an herbalist and newcomer to plant dyeing, I hope to honor them and the spirits of this land by coming into deeper relationship with the plants through this creative medium.
Thanks so much for sharing, and welcome.
I live in a beautiful historic town in Canada – Carleton Place, Ontario. We have a beautiful river going through town and lots of green space. The County is Lanark, which is the traditional territory of the Anishnabek, Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee (St. Lawrence Iroquois) peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.
Welcome to the course Donna, thanks for sharing.
Hello! I’m in Melbourne on the land of the Kulin nation. I love the welcome to country and pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging.
Beautiful, thank you Carolyn
Hello! I live in St. Louis Missouri home of the Osage, Miami, Sioux and Haudenosauneega tribes. I thank them for this fertile land and beautiful land.
Oh, wonderful – welcome Chelsea!
Kaya, ngan kwerl Alanna, ngan koort djirpin nidja Noongar boodja.
Hi, I am Alanna, my heart is happy to be here on Noongar country.
I acknowledge these unceded, beautiful, lands I live on have been cared for and lived in connection with, always and forever, by the Whadjuk Noongar peoples.
Thank you so much for these beautiful words Alanna, and welcome to the course
Thank you for allowing us to hold space in such a beautiful entry point. I am in Southern California, home of the Tongva People. I am a guest on this land. I am grateful that the Tongva have taken care of this land in the past, and that they continue to be here. I am grateful that I can be here, learning the many lessons from the vastness of this land.
My pleasure, and thank you for sharing
That’s really beautiful!
I come from Iceland, so really there weren’t any people before the Irish monks and Norwegian settlers. So for us it is all about acknowledging nature itself. It is still young so respecting the times it need to rest and staying calm when it throws its tantrums (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions..) and decoding the message behind it. 🙂
Plants are only starting to sprout so it is blessing to get something from abroad to our little island as well. <3
Perfect , yes – always a good idea to acknowledge the land herself. Welcome to the course!
I am living in Southern Brazil, in an island called Florianópolis. I would like to acknowledge the traditional inhabitants and custodians of this land who are the Guarani indigenous people. They were not in the island itself, but all over around, and they are the roots of these lands that we are.
Wonderful, thanks so much for sharing.
Olá, também sou brasileira, de São Paulo. Bom te encontrar!
Hi, I live in beautiful Portland, Oregon in the United States. The original peoples of this land were Chinookan-speaking peoples, including the Clackamas, Kathlamet, Multnomah, and Tualatin. Unfortunately, through contact with European traders, most of the tribes contracted smallpox and other deadly diseases and about 90% were wiped out.
I live on Taungurung Country and I feel so blessed that those with the old knowledge are willing to share it with those of us who are new to this land. It feels so generous.
It is so good to remember, acknowledge and appreciate the wisdom of the first nation peoples of this beautiful country ?
Hi, I live in Rhode Island ,U.S.A. which is in New England on the East coast of the US. I live in woods of R.I. but 1/2 hour ride to the coast . My husband and I have a small peony farm ( about 300 plants ) that we grow for the florist industry and local flower lovers. out of this love for gardening I started learning the art of eco printing and natural dying. I sell at local craft shows and have a shop on Etsy but am mostly self taught but looking to learning from other fiber enthusiast, although I’m joining late to this course I am looking forward to learning your techniques and style. I am thankful that I live in the rural part of the state in the woods and get to enjoy the peacefulness and great bounty of foliage to print and dye with .
Oh what a dreamy sounding job, though I am sure the reality is a bit different! So glad you could join us.
Hi, I live in Heerde a small city in the Netherlands. Nearby the forrest which I love to walk or to cycle on my roadbike, yesterdag a 55 km. The nature is so beautiful at the moment it is spring right now and everything is getting green and flowers bloom. I am a student Fine Art & Design, and would like to learn eco printing on textile which I want to embroider after. I started 2 weeks ago the art project Love Blooms, so you can imagine how much I love nature! I am thankfull to live with my family in The Netherlands. ♥
How wonderful, welcome Mirjam! I spent some time living in the Netherlands so I can picture you riding through a forest there ?
I live in Glendale California in the United States. My home is in a quiet neighborhood in a rather large city near Los Angeles but I am surrounded by trees and my area is known as Verdugo Woodlands – (trees!) My house is small and my main studio is in my garage. I call it Studio G. It’s fitted up with an air conditioner, small heater, great lighting, and lots of shelves for supplies. It’s not really a garage anymore but my studio!! I’ve been doing all kinds of art all my life and I’m playing with eco printing, pour painting, and oh so many more things in this twilight of my life. So many ideas and projects. I’m a calligrapher and I’m taking this class to learn more about the various ways to do this kind of printing on paper since I make books and love these papers. I’m sure you can help me!
Welcome Nancy! Your studio sounds like heaven. I look forward to seeing what you can create on paper.
I live in Allentown, Pennsylvania in the US. This city is part of the Lehigh Valley which was home to The Lenni Lenape (Delaware) tribes. Europeans first arrived in the area in the early 1700s and soon after swindled the land from the tribes. While the immediate area I am in is quite urban and densely populated there is a wonderful parks system that maintains a lot of parks, trails and green spaces. I am very thankful for them because it means I have spaces to go with my dog to hike and be away from people. (Don’t get me wrong, our city has a lot to offer but we live in a 100 year old row home and there are people literally attached to us on both sides.) There are many rivers and the Appalachian Mountains near us that we frequent as well. I am so excited to learn more about the plants I come across every day while on walks with my dog and how to incorporate them into my art.
Welcome Jamie. Yes, eco-printing is wonderful for helping us notice and develop relationships with the plants around us.
Hi, my name is Valeria and I live in Italy, land of history and arts
Wonderful, welcome Valeria
Moro em Coimbra uma cidade na região centro de Portugal. Coimbra (Aeminium) foi a primeira capital de Portugal agora sediada em Lisvboa. Coimbra é a cidade do conhecimento pois tem uma das universidades mais antigas da Europa.
Welcome Ana, wonderful to have you join us.
hello everybody, I live in North East England, I feel a deep connection to where I live having dated my ancestors back for centuries I loose track before 16th century. I am surrounded by beautiful wild countryside and forestry. I am really interested in our flora and looking at when different species of plants and trees that create our beautiful countryside where introduced to the UK and where they are originally from. The land where I live was home to the Brigantes tribe and the area was infiltrated by the Romans in AD43. The Roman conquest is still very visible in our local landscape as I live close to a Roman fort. I give thanks to the amazing history of the land where I live.
Hi Jayne, thanks for your lovely introduction, I loved hearing about your special relationship with the place you live and the plants around you.
Hello everyone! I am Mary from Gundungurra country in the Southern Tablelands of NSW, Australia. I acknowledge and pay my respects to the Gundungurra and Ngunawal people, the traditional custodians of the lands on which my family lives and works.
Welcome Mary ? I was born and raised on Ngunnawal country.
Hi I’m Jacki from Cwmbran in South Wales, UK. Retired teacher, just had full hysterectomy, recovering well. Fine Art student many moons ago! Now, aged 56, getting back into my artistic ways. Looking forward to this course.
Oh wow, good to hear you are recovering well. So glad I can help you reconnect with your creativity.
I live in a small village in south east England U K . Our village was known in Victorian times for making hand made bricks. It also dates back to the Iron Age and Roman times where iron smelting occurred. It borders the High Weald . So it’s always been an area for handcrafts. So excited to try something new . X
Oh what a wonderful history to be living amongst. Welcome Sarah.
I’m joining in a little late to the party…. But hello, I’m Nikki, from south-east Gippsland, Victoria. I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live and learn, the Gunaikurnai people. I’d also like to pay respect to the Country that provides so much beauty and inspiration 🙂
Hi Nikki, thanks for joining us and for your beautiful acknowledgement.
Hello, I live on beautiful King Island in the Bass Strait, Australia. I wish to acknowledge and pay my respects to the traditional custodians of this land, the Palawa people. I’ve only recently learned of their existence here as it’s generally believed that this island had no aboriginal history apart from a couple of ladies who were brought here by sealers in the 1800’s. I now need to do more research.
I’ve been eco printing for a few years but have very limited experience with cotton and paper so am really keen to learn more. How interesting to read the introductions of so many people world wide.
Oh how wonderful that that history is coming to light. Lovely to have you here, hope you enjoy it!
Hi! My name is Carey. I live in Louisville, Kentucky in the US. Kentucky has a rich history of Native American residences but mainly that of the Shawnee, Cherokee, Yuchi and Chickasaw. Kentucky comes from the Iroquoian word “kentake” which means “meadow land”. Louisville is pretty flat but outside of the city, where the land is untouched, the rolling hills, rivers, lakes and gorges are a sight to see. There is something special and sacred about the Kentucky wilderness. I can’t wait to learn how to utilize my connection with the plant life of this region even more! Thank you so much for making this skill and this course available to us.
Hi Carey, thanks for this beautiful introduction. Sounds like a very special region.
Hello, my name is Maria and I live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The land where I live has been inhabited by the Guarani people and was once the home of the Tupinamba and Goitacaz peoples. Although there is a big city, there are two indigenous areas in Sao Paulo City. Gratitude for the native elders, the living libraries from our people and also to our African American communities, that also preserve the traditional knowledge about plants and remedies. I have the heritage of both lineages. Thank you for having me! Glad to be here!
Thanks for sharing Maria, wonderful to hear a little about your lineage and about Sao Paulo. Thanks for joining us.
Gratitude for your kind words. I appreciate that.
Good morning. I am from the UK living in Suffolk which is in East Anglia on the East Coast.
The Kingdom of East Anglia was home to the Angles, the first German settlers in the UK during the post Roman period. The Angles spoke old English and it is thought to be the area where the English language first developed.
It’s a lovely part of the country, with a island type microclimate.
I live in the most beautiful cottage built in 1680, my home feels like an extension of me. I am truly thankful for finding it and becoming its guardian.
I am surrounded by some ancient trees and beautiful old woodland, plenty of agricultural lands and near to the sea.
My garden is my haven, with 4 sturdy Ash trees watching over me and with the river Froemus running at the end of it. I am honoured to be a caretaker of this piece of land.
I’m very happy to be joining you.
Thank you Sally. This is a beautiful introduction rooted in past and present. Welcome.
Hello, I live in rural Wisconsin outside of Madison, the state’s capital. This area is the home of the Ho-Chunk nation, also called Winnebago. The Ho-Chunk people lived in the Madison area and its surrounding millions of acres for 12,000 years. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was the beginning of the Ho-Chunk being forced off their ancestral land and forced to disperse to surrounding states. I acknowledge that this is and will always be Ho-Chunk land and am grateful to live in such a beautiful place.
I am looking forward to learning from you and experimenting with eco dyeing. Thanks!
Thank you for your deep and heartfelt intro Elizabeth, and welcome to the course.
Hi, I am a poet living in The Netherlands in a town near Amsterdam.Yes below sea level!
We do not walk on wooden shoes anymore 😉
I respect the way my ancestors lived.
I respect the way newcomers live. I understand it that they like to stick to their habits from their native country. We can learn from each other.
I believe in sharing knowledge. That is why I am grateful to learn ore about eco dyeing and printing.
I believe in art as a way to express ourselves.
Happy to join the club!
Welcome Willemien and thanks for your introduction. I spent a year in Flevoland when
I was younger, I remember walking beside the sea level wall in the town.
Joining from Brooklyn, NY. The Dutch were the first European settlers in Long Island which were inhabited by the Lenape an Algonquian speaking American Indian Tribe. Now Brooklyn has a growing demographic from around the world.
Wonderful to have you joining us Stephanie, enjoy!
I live in Ocean Shores, northern New South Wales, Australia. Country of the Minjungbal people of the Bundgjalung nation. I acknowledge the traditional owners of this land past, present and emerging.
Wonderful. Thank you for joining us Alison.
Hi everyone, first i wanted to say thank you so much for being here, if different i wouldn´t have the chance to learn this. I am Geraldine from Colombia. I live in the Eternal spring city: Medellín, and we are in the land of the Aburra´s people. The city is placed in the Aburra´s Valley. I acknowledge the traditional owners of this beautiful montains and rivers.
I’m so glad you were able to join us Geraldine. That sounds like a beautiful place to live ?
Giinagay! (Hello!) Thank you so much for offering this course. I am located on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales on Gumbaynggirr land. I acknowledge the traditional owners of this beautiful land, the elders past and present.
Thank you for sharing, Kathryn, and for joining us ?
I live in Paris Ontario Canada in the County of Brant. I acknowledge that this and the surrounding area is on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee and the Attawandaron peoples. Paris is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River. Currently reserve land covers some 46,000 acres (190 km2) near the city of Brantford, Ontario. This represents approximately 5% of the original 950,000 acres (3,800 km2) of land granted to the Six Nations by the 1784 Haldimand Treaty. I acknowledge and honour the land that provides. I gather sustainably and am grateful to live in this beautiful, abundant land.
Thank you for this respectful and deep acknowledgement Karen. I hope you enjoy the course.
Thank you, Louise, for creating this course.
My name is Christine, and I live gratefully in the East Bay Area of California.
Before the Spanish arrived, it was the land of the Ohlone people.
In Oakland, we are still reckoning with the pain and trauma of both colonization and slavery, the theft and erasure of culture and family. Many of us are still learning how these things are inextricably linked. Its negative impact will resonate for generations to come until we make reparations, and acknowledge what was done to people of color.
It is with a full, heavy, open heart that I acknowledge and recognize our collective past, and the people who were the stewards of this land.
Thank you for this beautiful and heart felt acknowledgement Christine. Looking honestly at the past and present is at least one small step toward a better future.
Hello Louise-thank you for creating this course. I hail from Eugene, Oregon in the willamette valley; originally inhabited by the Kalapuya nation. There is a strong connection to the earth and seasons here in Oregon. I have a MM for classical violin, and have left it to the wolves to pursue a more visual, practical and beautiful lifestyle. I have chosen natural dying as part of a 100 day project, and I’m completely self-taught. I look forward to the class and hope to meet you in person one day.
That sounds like a wonderful re-prioritisation, glad you’ve found the Iso Dye Club as part of it. Hope you enjoy.
What a beautiful tribute to have us begin with, thank you for sharing this tradition with us.
I live in Utah in the United States. Since my youth, I have often felt the heartbreak of this country’s beginnings and the colonization of a land that wasn’t ours to take. I have a great love for the many Native American cultures. They have lived in this area for thousands of years. Though there are 5 main tribes that have lived in Utah, I acknowledge and deeply honor and give thanks to the stewards of the land where I currently reside, the Utes and their elders past, present and future. When in nature I can easily feel the sacredness of this land and all that Mother Earth has provided for us. May we be better stewards of her, and deserving of her many gifts.
Thank you for this beautiful and heartfelt acknowledgement Deanna. I hope you enjoy this course.
Greetings from Portland where we live on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, bands of the Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. My neighborhood and county are named after the Multnomah band of Chinooks that lived in this area. I walk through woods and neighborhoods where I can hear streams rushing below the streets. I find plants to work with that have fallen to the ground or street lots of times. I thank the original caretakers of this land and recognize that racism, relocation, assimilation and genocide towards them have created generational wounds in need of healing. I hope to create something beautiful that honors Mother Earth.
Thank you for this deep and respectful acknowledgement Kay. I really appreciate the time you put into it. I hope you enjoy the course.
Hello from Auckland, New Zealand. This beautiful land was first populated by the Maori over 1,000 years ago, when they landed from Hawaiki, a mythical island in the Pacific. I am truly honored and grateful to be living here in this magnificent land and I acknowledge the tangata whenua who first cared for this land and I also thank the Earth for all of its bounty and glorious and abundant life.
Thanks for your beautiful acknowledgement Cathy. And welcome to the course, hope you enjoy it!
Im viewing from the South West Corner of Australia on Noongar Booja, next to the Wooditchup, with the wonderful Wardandi Noongar people keeping watch over this special place.
How wonderful, glad you could join us Chloe.
I live in the heart of the Mother of Bounty, home to the Yakima, Wapato, Klickitat, Wasco, Wy’am, Paiute, and Warm Springs people for more than 15,000 years. For generations uncounted. yearly gatherings to trade and celebrate brought travelers from what is now Alaska down to southern California to Celilo Falls. The multitude of languages was answered by the development of the trade language, Chinook, spoken by all traders. The abundance of salmon made this one of the richest homelands for the native peoples of our land. I honor the people who came before, and grieve for their sacrifices.
Thank you for this beautiful acknowledgement Nancy, I appreciate your heartfelt words.
Hi? Thanks for having me. I live in Greece, on an Island rich in tradition and culture. A group of my friends meet weekly and do art related projects & I am hoping I can learn from this course so I can add a new deminsion to our work. Thank you again.
That’s so lovely, thanks for joining us Rena and I’m glad you will share the eco-printing love
Hi there, I am currently in the Hudson Valley in New York State in the USA. The land I live on is still quite connected to nature which I am very grateful for and has inspired me in using what is available to me to create color and prints through natural dyeing processes. I am so excited to learn more from your course! The tribes originally on this land were documented to be the mohican munsee and lenape tribes which I plan to do more research on in the future. It is so important to acknowledge the history of the land and the practices of the people prior … with it comes such greater wisdom !!!
Welcome to the course Amanda. Yes, it is so important to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are on, the ways this has been disrupted through colonisation, and the ways their culture continues.
I live in the state of Kansas in the USA – an agrarian/prairie landscape along the Nepaholla/Solomon River. Home of the Kaw/Kansa.
Very fortunate to have ample dye plants available to me. I have been enjoying foraging, collecting, growing plants and I know my connection to this ‘place’ has deepened with every outing.
Eager to learn about eco-printing! I’m hoping to use this process to create a burial shroud!
Wow, what a wonderful goal Amanda! Welcome to the course.
Hi, I live in Portland,Oregon. The climate is mostly mild. The plant diversity is vast. I live in the city where we have all kinds of tree. The Columbia Gorge, Pacific Ocean and Volcanic mountains are not far away. I love plants! I have studied horticulture, herbs, botanical ink making. Also love urban sketching and book arts. I have Louise’s ebook bundle and have made two batches of eco prints on paper. I want to join the fun and learning in this group!
So great to have you here Ellie, and I love the background knowledge you are bringing!
Hi! I’m Gaby from México and I live in a place called Cholula, which was a sacred place for the original people and it is still today for those connected with its traditions and culture. There are still many ethnic groups who speak náhuatl and who continue with the crafts and skills learned from their ancestors: weaving, dyeing, baskets, wood, and corn or other seeds. I feel blessed when I see all the magic and colors that surround me and I also feel blessed to have found this course ! Thank you for all what you share.
Thanks for being here Gaby. Wow, sounds like a very special and inspiring place to live.
Hello, I’m Jennifer or Allium living in the beautiful lands of the Cayuga and Owego people, in the Fingerlakes region, right near the powerful Susquehanna River. I acknowledge and respect the Elders who came before and are living here still, I commit to keep learning from them. In ways of care giving for the land, people, plants and animals here. I grew up on Lake Ontario, which beautiful lake I also give respect to, for holding and teaching me. My loves are farming and making herbal potions and botanical art, with my family.
Hi Jennifer/Allium, welcome and thank you for acknowledging the traditional peoples of the place you live, and also your relationship with Lake Ontario – sounds very special.
I live in Central Texas in the US. My town, San Marcos, is at the headwaters of a spring fed river that has nourished life here for thousands of years.
I acknowledge that the land that I live on is the territory of the Tonkawa, the Sana, the Jumanos and the Lipan Apache people. There is no treaty ceding this land which is of sacred importance to these and other groups.
I honor the deep connection between these groups, this land and its resources. I acknowledge and grieve the genocide of these people through colonization and settlement of a land that was already occupied.
I hold deep gratitude for the small amount of generational knowledge and skill that I have received from the lineage of the Lipan Apache people.
Thank you for this deep and respectful acknowledgement. I feel your grief and gratitude 💗
I’m from Denmark living on an Island called Møn. There is a lot of beautiful nature here on this really beautiful place. I was born here and always felt very connected to the roots and nature of this land. We live in a small house with a great piece of land to it where a great part of it is old meadow and there is a lot wild plants and herbs here.
Wow, that sounds like a very beautiful and special place to live Trine.
I was born and live in the harbor town of Genova, in the Liguria region, in Italy. This place gave birth to the “blue jean” which comes from a distortion of “blu di Genova”, in french “blue de Genes”, the sturdy cotton cloth dyed in blue with woad first and then with indigo. Here our cultural heritage ranges from pre-roman italic populations, to people coming from the middle east, basque and balkans territories who were moving around the Mediterranean sea. Every region from north to southern Italy carries tangible signs of all these cultures in their dialects, cuisine, and traditions. The small Zoagli village in Liguria is appreciated for the silk velvets and damask textiles and in the Riviera villages the artisans produce a nice “tombolo” merletto lace.
I am grateful to Louise for the her offering this wonderful course.
Honoured to share this space with you all
Hi Francesca. Wow, thank you for this beautiful introduction and for sharing about the place you live. How wonderful to be surrounded by such rich textile history and traditions. Welcome to the course, I hope you enjoy it.
Hi, I’m in Johannesburg, South Africa. The regions surrounding Johannesburg were originally inhabited by San hunter-gatherers. Sadly they were forcibly removed, but their spirit lives on in the soil and I acknowledge their gentle ways.
Thank you for sharing Pamela. I hope you enjoy the course 🙂
Morning, my name is Angela and I live in a small town called Helidon, Qld and wish to acknowledge the Jagera people xx
Thanks Angela, and welcome to the course.
I would like to acknowledge that I live on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.
Thank you for sharing. I hope you enjoy the course.
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