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Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun, Xwuxwiyem Qeq (Sand Flea Baby)

Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun, Xwuxwiyem Qeq (Sand Flea Baby), digital, 6.6” x 6.6”, 2020

This design refers to one of my great-grandma’s stories about the Flea Woman. The Flea Woman’s baby is sick and not growing, she is distraught and seeks help from Xeel’s. Xeel’s guides her to put her baby inside a bubble from the shore, and that she and her other children must share saliva and breath with the baby in the bubble through a straw.

Above all Xeel’s tells them to never lose faith, that they must believe in the strength of the baby and in that of themselves.

They are able to persevere, and the community comes together in support of this family as the baby rapidly begins to grow and gain strength.

One of the universal teachings across so many of my great-grandma’s stories is that help is always there, and that it is about opening ourselves to it, whether it is from the community, from the land, from the sacred energy of creation, or even from within ourselves. To heal and gather strength is sacred, when we do it we do it for future generations and future selves. In doing so our horizon is expanded.