Archeology of Ancestry: the Potato
A large portion of my family migrated from northern Europe, namely Ireland in the middle 1800s during the Potato Famine. Last year, my grandmother gave me some old family photographs to digitally document for her. Since then, I’ve spent months listening to stories, organizing who came from which country and who married whom. Staring at the frozen faces of people I don’t know, I have tried to find family resemblance and attempt to understand their relationship to myself.
I have a fantastic dream of being a gardener some day. I like the idea of being self-sustainable and knowing where my food comes from. I’m also lazy. Last fall I came across a lot of potatoes. I mean a LOT– even more than my little just-out-of-college-starving-person body could consume. And so I left them in a box in my pantry where I quickly became the proud instigator of a potato metropolis without even trying (much to my house mates’ raised eyebrows).
When I finally decided they should be moved I became infatuated with the lanky pink arms that had more than sprouted and were hopelessly tangled in one another, and the fight to find sunlight through every crack in the box.
It may be a stretch, but in my attempt to understand the photographs of my ancestors, I seem to have stumbled on an odd parallel in the struggle of an awkward lumpy root and it’s undeniable link to my historical past.
I’ll sing for you
Silence is deceiving
I can hear you breath
I can hear you breathing
Find some life you can’t refuse
I’m not too blind to see.
(I can’t forget you)
Is it confidence?
Who is taking advantage of whom?
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References From Rachel’s Interview:
Child Rescue: http://childrescueinc.org
Goodwill Community Foundation: http://www.gcfcommunityfoundation.org/
Gospel For Asia: http://www.gfa.org
Other cool sites and ways to get involved:
The Polaris Project: http://www.polarisproject.org/
Abolition Media: http://abolitionmedia.org
Children International: www.children.org
Heifer International: http://www.heifer.org
Kiva Microfinance: http://www.kiva.org
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Thanks for checking out the first volume of Oracle Tweed! I decided to kick off this edition with two interviews; the first with Micheal Butts, artist and pastor of Creative Arts at Grace Place Church in Berthoud, CO, and the second with JC Gonzales, an artist and cultural activist living in Santa Fe, NM. The hard copy zine will be available soon as well!