Landscapes - Winter 2015 - (Page 22)

ESSAy | ESSAI "...it is the nature of ice, the way it moves, recedes, dissolves, and reforms with the seasons, that gives such flexibility to the Inuit heart and spirit." PHoTo COURTESY WADE DAVIS WADE DAVIS THE POETRy OF DIVERSITy FR_RÉSUMÉ LA POÉSIE DE LA DIVERSITÉ « IL Y A, en effet, un feu sur la terre, emportant avec lui les plantes et les animaux, les cultures, les langues, les arts anciens et la sagesse visionnaire. Étouffer cette flamme, et réinventer la poésie de la diversité est peut-être le défi le plus important de notre époque. » Lorsque Wade Davis a prononcé sa série de conférences Massey 2009, « The Wayfinders », il a entraîné une nation d'auditeurs aux confins du globe, nous emmenant avec lui (comme la Société RadioCanada a mis) dans une « exploration sauvage et passionnante de ce qui reste avec nous et très vivant ». Pour les architectes paysagistes - en fait pour tous ceux qui chérissent la « poésie de la diversité » - son message n'est pas moins essentiel aujourd'hui. Ici, nous revisitons la dernière conférence, Century of the Wind, où Davis raconte un voyage épique en partance d'Igloolik, où « la glace fond, et avec elle, très probablement un mode de vie ». Dans ce numéro spécial de LP consacré au changement climatique, il est temps de découvrir, encore une fois, notre mission pour le prochain siècle. 22 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES EN_ "THERE IS, INDEED, a fire burning over the earth, taking with it plants and animals, cultures, languages, ancient skills and visionary wisdom. Quelling this flame, and re-inventing the poetry of diversity is perhaps the most important challenge of our times." When Wade Davis delivered his 2009 Massey lecture series, "The Wayfinders," he carried a nation of listeners to the outer reaches of the globe, taking us with him (as the CBC put it) on a "wild and thrilling exploration of what remains with us and very much alive." For landscape architects - indeed for all who treasure the "poetry of diversity" - his message is no less essential today. Here, we revisit the final lecture, "Century of the Wind," in which Davis recounts an epic journey from Igloolik, where "the ice is melting, and with it, quite possibly a way of life." In this, LP's special issue devoted to climate change, it is time to discover, yet again, our mission for the next century. ddd When Wade Davis and Canadian filmmaker Andy Gregg first encountered Theo Ikummaq and John Arnatsiaq in Igloolik, they were setting out on to the sea ice in search of polar bear. In the course of this journey and others that followed, the men navigated the changing geography of a melting landscape, and the cultural survival of the people who live there. REBIRTH At the ages of six and eight, Theo and John were sent south 800 kilometres to a residential school at Chesterfield Inlet where, forbidden to speak their own language and, in the case of Theo, violated by a priest, they remained for seven years. When finally they were allowed to return home, their families took them immediately onto the land in what Theo today describes as a rescue mission. Over a series of years, he recalls, "They turned us back into Inuit men." The culmination of his rebirth was an epic journey by dogsled, 1,800 kilometres from Igloolik across Baffin Island, north along the shore of Ellesmere Island and across Smith Sound to Greenland. Theo

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