Going Home Again
Elisapie Reclaiming Inuit Roots
ballad of a runaway girl
reclaiming bonds with family and home in the Far North,
and with her biological mother who gave her up at birth,
Elisapie tells a story that many people tell. We can
go home again, but we must have the humility to reclaim
our past with help from the future, letting all things --
our home and our mother and ourselves -- be different.
Reverence for Home
as a Spiritual Practice
After you've run away, reverence for home becomes a courageous act. You must go home, leting go of guilt for having left,, and allow your family re-present themselves, not just as what they once were, but for who they have become. If all the world is a process of becoming, then you must let them "have become," too. They help you re-imagine home, just be being who they are. You realize that home is itself a process. You may need to ask the forgiveness of friends and family for having left, not just in words but in hugs. And you must give them confidence that, this time, you'll not run away again, even if you must leave for a time. In time, you'll come to love the new home and be part of it. You'll be practicing reverence for home. (Jay McDaniel)
"Reverence is the way of radical respect. It recognizes and honors the presence of the sacred in everything — our bodies, other people, animals, plants, rocks, the earth, and the waters. It is even an appropriate attitude to bring to our things, since they are the co-creations of humans and the Creator.
Elisapie Revisits Her Inuit Roots
In 'The Ballad Of The Runaway Girl'
All Things Considered -- March 28, 2019
"Elisapie spoke with All Things Considered about the cultural baggage behind The Ballad of the Runaway Girl. Hear more at the audio link, and watch the new video for "Una" — which explores her relationship with her biological mother who gave her up at birth — below."