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This project is about bringing back the art and also about bringing calm and comfort to our babies. Both of my children slept so much better when they were wrapped like you would for a cradleboard. As I saw with the Bandolier Bag Project, this project will bring together communities through art. It will also bring happy, balanced families. Thank you for all that you do!
To have no cultural and traditional and country background to your memories is equal to having no education. Lover of town as I am, I realize that I owe a debt to my early country life. Again and again, in hours of disquiet, I have gone back in spirit to those country days of childhood, and have always found something in the recollected smell of the earth and the picture of my old village to rest upon. In that spirit, I support and back this project.
I believe in the thought coined by Thomas Burke: “I wish it would be possible for every child to spend its first 10 years close to the soil, tracing the cultures and traditions. If I had had children of my own I would, at any convenience to myself, have moved to the country – in the village just enough to grasp the atmosphere of the practices of the cultures and traditions, and not alone for considerations of their physical health. I would have them brought up in the country so that for the rest of their lives they should have had a mental background of the fields and trees and wide skies and the smell of the earth and the riches of cultures and traditions. Upon this basic culture all that they might later acquire would, I know, have grown more readily and more richly than it grows in the town child. The town child has no roots. He has quick brains, sharp moments, keen understanding of men; but he is an unfinished product.”
Tradition helped us develop and mold our attitudes and characters to be productive, useful, purposely and progressive lives. This project is a great example in upholding human tradition that helped influence human advancement and progression in taking care of their progeny.
Traditions show where we came from and help us to understand ourselves better. Many cultural traditions enrich our lives. And while some traditions might have been detrimental and have been done away with, others like this one are beautiful, and deserve to be practiced and preserved for future generations to enjoy.
I am glad that this tradition is of value to you. If I sit to analyze, it feels true, something only becomes a tradition, when it is seen to have value across several generations of a civilization. And it would be such a sheer waste of human development to have this proven and time-honoured skill-set, fade away into oblivion.
I truly honor and respect this traditional skill of art and craft, that your have undertaken to preserve as a valued aspect of ongoing human development. It is a link to our past and a pointer to our future. The preservation of cultural heritage and knowledge can never be a waste. I wish you all the best with your truly admirable endeavour.
This is so neat. A great way to preserve tradition. May we see the campaign funded. I've shared as well as backed.