Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Right to Write - Week One
The Right to Write by Julia Cameron doesn't mention Morning Pages and Artist's Dates as Tools. However I still did my Morning Pages because I found them so grounding. The Right to Write focuses on an Invitation section which is the reading and an Initiation section which is the task of the book. The book is also not divided into 12 weeks, so I went through the book and I lumped 4 topics together per week to make a 12 week course. One Initiation tool says write 5 stories you want to hear about from a storyteller. I came up with an interesting pattern. Three of my stories were about Native Americans, Artists, and Disabled people becoming successful entrepreneurs, then there were stories about my Native American tribe, and finally I wanted to hear stories of tribes revitalizing their languages.
In true synchronistic fashion, a member of The Artist's Way Circle just joined who actually attended a workshop with Julia Cameron on Right to Write. I am enjoying talking to her and look forward to writing another email to her.
I have officially begun the research portion of Breath of Life and I am organizing my research and posting it at my Mohican-8 circle. I uncovered a couple of handwritten letters I got to read from my ancestor John Konkapot Jr written to President Madison and another one written to President Jefferson. I posted a keyword search in the Smithsonian Institute Archives under Munsee and a keyword search under Lenape in the Library of Congress Archives.
The Artist's Way Circle Meetup went well and we were able to share some musical fun when I brought in my Native American musical instruments. I brought in my Native American flute, my Native American Drum, and my Native American turtle rattle. This week we are listening for native women's songs. I am aspiring to write a spirit song in Munsee.
Wenona Morning Star Gardner
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