Melissa Vanek

It is not what I want for the river, it is what I want for us. I want us humans to be as wise, as generous, and as loving and as the river. The river generously moves nutrients to flood plains to provide us with fertile grounds for growing food and has since our relationship first began. The river provides habitat for many animals that are also food for us, and if not us, for other animals who we may hunt later for food. The river moves through our life bringing joy, nourishment, surprise, food, and comfort, just like a family or friend. Our lives are so intertwined with the river and the river’s health, truly is an indicator of our health. I want humans to be healthy. If the river is truly healthy and abundant with life and we allow the wisdom of the river to speak to us, we will be healthy.

June 1st, 2021