Coastal Reading Group: We Weave and Heft by the River

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We Weave and Heft by the River is an all night communal event that explores the role of grief in our time. Massive environmental shifts are usually described to us in terms of data or through curated images, such as a polar bear on a piece of ice (Todd, An Indigenous Feminist’s Take On The Ontological Turn, 6). As a temporary community of resilience against the numbing accumulation of quantified extinction, we court the mystery of grief that abides and sometimes eludes us in the realms of the sublime. In so doing, we radically re-orient our temporalities, communing with what has been, and praising its capacity to leave us heartbroken in its wake.

From dusk until dawn’s light, by the light and warmth of a bonfire, we gather to weave stories, songs, and memories of our eco-relations against the backdrop of cataclysmic unraveling that defines our age. Activities throughout the night include: working with natural materials such as yarn, seeds and clay, story-sharing, contemplation, and active listening. By dawn, we will have a meaningful, co-created object to offer the landscape. Participants have the option to attend all or only the first part of the event.

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