jamesclifton// these wounds // • 1-9-16 • Fort Snelling State Park • St. Paul, Mn.
I recently posted a photo of Jess Hirsch (@joshahirschfeldt) who along with Emily Stover and Andrew Jansen created a very powerful labyrinth titled "Cultural Healing v1 & v2" as part of the Winter 4Play event at Fort Snelling. You were given a set of headphones to wear that had a pulse that was supposed to heal your chakras, and you were asked to think about how you can heal these wounds as you walked through the labyrinth.
I stated this under my portrait of Jess, but it wasn't until recently that I discovered Fort Snelling was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history, when 38 Native Americans were hung on December 26, 1862. It was also the site where approx. 1,700 Native Americans were held prisoner, and over the course of the winter of 1862, up to 300 people died due to disease and malnourishment.
A heavy burden to bear... Walking through the Labyrinth all I could think of was "I'm sorry..." And today, it saddens me that we aren't further along than we are. I understand conflict. I just don't understand that there isn't more understanding in the world. More acceptance, more humanitarianism... More love for each other. There are bad apples in every culture, but overwhelmingly every culture is beautiful and has so many wonderful people and merits. Some deep thoughts as the days get longer and daily there is so much healing that needs to happen, on so many levels.
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