Answering the Call

There is an art to being noticed.  First, you make a gesture from a place where you have deposited your attention in the past. Then you respond to it. As the two unite, you walk across a space of attention. In this way, time is bridged. This bridging is called “being noticed.” Sound, well, strange? Na, it’s not so strange. It’s this siya? bush, opening her flowers slowly to the light. They were closed inside their red and purple bud cases last summer, likely in July as a counterbalance to the rising of the fruit to entice birds, bears, coyotes and humans. We all answered, and now she is calling us again, and look at her, being noticed.

In Canadian culture, the act of “noticing” is said to be a characteristic of an observing eye, and it is that, of course. It is also, however, an active force, used by such creatures as siya?. It is transmitted. The observing eye is caught by the transmission, which is specially created for it, and enters the zone of ‘noticing:’ a story written by the call. It even makes note of it. The Indigenous people of Canada and those who live on the Earth with them live in this participatory relationship. All Indigenous people do. There are other people who claim that they have done the noticing. They might be very powerful people, or very humble ones. It does not matter. A call was made. If they claim that their response is the original act, they have revealed who they are.

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