So I was delighted when we spontaneously decided to take a day trip to Wanuskewin Heritage Park where we were told that we were nearly in time for the dance performance… This is an amazing place, in an amazing landscape – magical and centering, and full of wonderful art that tells some of our least told and most important stories. And our teacher-dancer for the afternoon, Cara, or Standing-Beautiful-Like-The-Sun, was absolutely inspiring on so many levels – she was so genuine, personal, connected and connecting, generous and giving, and told little and big stories, and explained so much about so many traditions in such a short time: it was incredible and I could have listened to her for weeks. I’ve taken whole graduate level classes where I’m not sure I came away with a better sense of the subject. I took these photos while she danced, and although I’m sure they don’t do her dancing or sharing justice, and I encourage you all to go there and see the dances (I can’t wait to go back!), I hope it will be something of a gift to watch the slideshow of her dancing.
So when next you see me teaching I might be trying to channel Standing-Beautiful-Like-The-Sun, one of the most remarkable teachers I’ve experienced, for such a short time.
Our friend Barb Goode says that everyone is here to teach something and one of the questions of our lives is: what are you teaching? In your teaching, who or what has inspired you?