I watched a momentous performance at The Theatre Royal recently, by members of the Wampanoag Tribe. ‘We Are The Land’ is the moving story of the indigenous people of the land that became Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Mayflower, that transported the pilgrims to freedom, became a symbol of oppression to the Wampanoags. Sadly, the pilgrims ended up enforcing their religion on the people who welcomed them – squashing their own spirituality and identity. This project has given the Wampanoag people a voice – that was taken away with their land.
I was particularly inspired by the little girl who said, “I am the flowers of the returning spring” – I hope that she will now have the freedom to bloom. As we share our faith with others, may we honour their stories and allow them to bloom in their own unique way…
Thank you to Rebecca Bush for allowing me to use her inspirational artwork - www.inspiredheart.co.uk