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A Fable For Tomorrow

A Fable For Tomorrow is taken from the title of the first chapter of Rachel Carson’s Silent
Spring.

We gather on the edge of forests or along the shores of oceans. Together we light fires, sing, and
tell our stories. These stories contain important information about our past and our future, and
nature – animals, trees, rivers, and wide seas – often plays a central part. Some stories we tell
again and again, yet we understand them many different ways throughout our lives. We may
strive to protect the original telling of the story as sacred. As we grow, we learn that stories need
to change if they are to retain their ability to carry us successfully from one phase of life to the
next, or to heal parts of us that have been fragmented along life’s path. However, we cannot lose
the fields, forests, lakes and streams from our stories, because losing them means we ultimately
lose our way.

A Fable For Tomorrow artists offer their perspectives on stories that nature whispers and shouts.
Stories that speak to us when we’re young, old, and in between. They are stories of joy and
sadness, hurt, and healing. Together they are stories that evoke the whole of who we are as
people with a resilient and hopeful future.
Beneath The Storytelling Tree, 2015

A Fable For Tomorrow is a Witness Tree Project. The Witness Tree Concept: Trees are wisdom
keepers. They stand in a single place on the earth’s surface and faithfully witness the unfolding
of time. Like people, trees observe their surroundings, root where welcomed, reach toward
nourishment, and hold close where limited. They form scar tissue when wounded and can adapt
to change. Examining the lives of trees offers critical insights for human wellbeing and survival,
showing us when life thrives and falters. Witnessing as storytelling has a therapeutic and
generative effect for teller and listener and provides pathways for positive growth and change.


Loon Ride Upstream, 2015

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