The Living Earth: Wild Roses and Nightshade by Michael RobinsonThe Living Earth: Wild Roses and Nightshade by Michael Robinson
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The Living Earth: Wild Roses and Nightshade

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The Earth holds the memories of all lives lived since the beginning of time, stored in the soil beneath our feet. Every song, every emotion and every word spoken leaves a shadow behind, marking its place in the never-ending passage of years. These shadows, these ghostly footprints of time-passing, are either the good energy or the bad of lives lived. They are our memories interwoven with the other lives we shared, whether equal in purpose with ours or alone in intent, but always in a struggle of balanced stewardship. This timeless collecting of memories is the Earth's reminder to us that we are more of a burden to her than a benefit. She turns the wheel of time with the tips of her fingers, so each life lived is kept alive, yet each life is a ghost, following behind us like a small breeze. In the dark of night they become whispers, child-like songs that cling to our very souls. The beauty of the Earth is the greatest gift we have been given. It is the path we all travel. Nightshade The nightshade plant is a climbing vine usually found clinging to old fences and tree stumps. The flowers are very small but colourful in blues, purples and yellow. The shape of the leaf is unique to this plant. Poultices can be made from the leaves for skin problems but the berries are very poisonous. Wild rose The wild rose plant is a beautiful shrub that may grow quite tall. It is usually found with nightshade plants along the roadside and old fence bottoms, but its range extends into fields and forest clearings. This plant has long been known as a tea plant. The leaves, flowers and fruit (rosehip) can be steeped. The leaf tea has been used as a medicine, the flower tea as a good pick-me-up, and the rosehips just make a satisfying cup of tea.

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Location Canada
Region Cree
Artist Michael Robinson
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2006
Dimensions 18" x 12"
Materials & Edition etching edition of 70

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