Community CreativeMornings

CreativeMornings/Victoria: “Ethos” with Linnea Jericho

28 October 2022

11am (virtual)

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Ethos is that specific quality that defines a place, time, or group of people. When you step into a room, a busy downtown, or a community gathering, you intuit its spirit. A messy DIY space invites experimentation and mistakes, a lush city park promises tranquility to anyone who seeks it. Maybe you even know of a monthly event where everyone is welcome and everything is free of charge.

At its core is a paradox: despite the specificity of an ethos, it’s impossible to pinpoint or trace to a specific origin. What honed that distinctive sensibility is long gone, vanished into myth.

With our actions and words, we embody these values and beliefs beyond conscious knowing. In turn, we subtly shape the ethos that our descendants — of family, of place — will receive from us. Ethos is alchemic, ineffable, and infinitely ponderable across place and culture. What ways of moving through the world did you inherit?

Our Asheville chapter chose this month’s exploration of Ethos and Colin Sutherland illustrated the theme.

About this month’s speaker:

Linnea is a motivational speaker and creative writer from the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nisga’a and Tsimshian nations located on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. She become involved in Indigenous advocacy in 2013 with a conviction to create social change and help heal injustices faced by Indigenous peoples. Through this work, she began to heal and recognize her purpose in life – to advocate for Indigenous youth, culture and sexual assault victims through public speaking. From 2015-2017 she worked closely with the University of British Columbia on several projects, including an exhibition and accompanying book, Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity. In 2017, she collaborated with artist Jeneen Frei Njootli, sharing poetry for her artist project “red rose and lidii,” published in C Magazine — a contemporary art magazine. Since then, she’s gone on to have two more published pieces, and is now working on her first book — a collection of poetry. Her late father, artist and activist Beau Dick was her greatest inspiration in life, and she attributes much of her success to him. Linnea continues to share her story through different avenues, and in her spare time enjoys writing, hiking, meditation and yoga. She chooses to live as her ancestors did: on the path of sobriety and with love for her community.