Ek’abo Ebi! (Welcome Family!)
After many years of anticipation, the family and I finally made it to Niagara Falls.
It is absolutely breathtaking. I bet that most Canadians have become jaded when it comes to seeing the “Falls”, but I don’t believe I ever would. It’s a bit overwhelming being that close to such a powerful body of water. The effect is very different from being at say Virginia Beach and the railings that warn of danger to the fools’ stupid enough to attempt to go over, didn’t seem tall enough. But they were. J The closer we got to the water, the colder it got. I can’t begin to imagine what it’s like over there during the dead of winter. SHIVERRR!!! Spring at the “Falls” is tolerable, but my hands pretty much cramped up when I took pictures of the fam. Father Winter still rules in Canada.
When I looked down to where the water fell, I felt like I was in an episode of National Geographic. Below was one of the biggest blocks of ice I have EVER seen. I compare it to a giant glacier at the North Pole. (No I’ve never been there LOL, but that’s the best I can do.) With everything that we saw there, one thing that stood out was the thunderous sound of the “Falls” as they hit the water below. As caught up as I was with god’s spectacle, I still managed to think of the story I created last week. “Orun”.
As I mentioned, both tribes (the Ina and awọn dudu) believe that a deity carved steps into the side of the mountain with his finger but took it away when the tribe members stopped worshipping him. When you visualize such a scene, what comes to mind? Here’s my vision:
It has been over 200 years since the destruction of Mount Ase. It is said that the gods were angry and took back their gift because we were not grateful for all they gave to us. As a result, they took away our light. The awọn àgba, elders, have shared and passed on this story with the hope that our people will one day search for the light once more. I have never believed in the existence of a colored shape that gives heat. My life, my world, consists of never ending gloom and a cold, unyielding sky.
These thoughts that I have, take so much energy from me. Instead of suffering through the monotony of my life, I could be sleeping, dreaming of a better place. If there is such a thing as day and night, I have never experienced it. I sleep not because it is dark, but because my body tells me when to rest.
But when the elders describe what once was, a story that has been passed down through generations, I can almost visual it. The clouds above us part. Bright beams of light cut through the gloom and return life back to our frigid land. As I know such a thing will never happen, I can only see their past through their eyes.
The elders have demanded our appearance and attention. Their word is law. We celebrate (or they celebrate, our past). My children, who have energy to spare, run ahead of me to get the best seats. My people gather around a colossal tree that has grown so high that it is the only thing that has ever reached beyond the clouds. Its limbs are as bare as my skin and yet it stubbornly holds on to life.
My children want to be as close to the elders as possible. It is said that they are of magic. The children swear that they can see pictures each time the elders share their story. My little one said that “the shape was a color called yellow and the ground was a color called green.” She said that, “there were trees that bared a thing called fruit and if you tilted your head up towards the sky, you could feel warmth on your face.”
It vexed me to hear my daughter talk in such away. In my heart, I felt that the elders were wrong to tell such stories to our children. To give them hope where there was none. When I look up, all I see is where the mountain ends and the sky begins. My eldest daughter is disappointed in me. “She asks, “How can you see what we see, when you do not believe?”
Fam, I’m looking forward to hearing from you. If you were an elder of a tribe of people, how would you keep the history of your people alive? How would you tell your story? I would love to hear it! Come on by next week as I continue. J
Mari e laipe!
See you soon!
See you soon!
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