Coming Full Circle with “The Spirit of My People”

Coming Full Circle with “The Spirit of My People”

I am not sure when I became interested in Gerry Squires’ work. Maybe it was while attending a wedding at Mary Queen of the World Church and seeing his disturbing and beautiful Stations of the Cross murals on the walls. Maybe it was on one of my frequent visits to The Rooms. I know nothing about art but am amazed by people’s ability to create through drawing and painting.

The Daily Post’s word prompt for yesterday was ‘circle’ and I hadn’t intended on posting but after viewing two films at Beothuk Interpretation Centre last night, I decided to write a post.

Since moving back to the northeast coast of Newfoundland, I have visited the Beothuk Interpretation Centre several times. When I first walked the trail and came upon Shanawdithit it was powerful. I suggest that if you do walk this trail that you walk it by yourself or with someone who is respectful of silence and spirituality.

The film Who will sing for me? by Roger Bill tells the story behind the creating of the sculpture. Mr. Bill wondered if, after seeing how the sculpture was created, it might lose some of its mystique. For me, and I think the audience in general, learning of Mr. Squires’ vision, his hours, months and years of work and his participation in bringing Shanawdithit to her resting place only added to my wonder and awe. Learning that the precise location was orchestrated by Mr. Squires, only made me appreciate it more.

The second film I heard the birch tree whisper in the night by Kenneth J. Harvey focuses on Mr. Squires life and his discovery that he was dying (he died in 2015). Informative, sad and moving.

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Thank you to the staff of the Beothuk Interpretation Centre for helping me come full circle with Shanawdithit.

Post A Day Word Prompt….. Glorious

Post A Day Word Prompt….. Glorious


…. is finding Whirligigs below the Blow Me Down Mountains.


….is finding a field of Loosestrife in Lomond Provincial Park.


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……is finding a Thumb Tree on the Great Northern Peninsula.


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… finding a giant spider on the Cape Blow Me Down Trail.


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… finding beautiful driftwood art in Keels.

Glorious is training my mind to hike and enjoy.
Glorious is sharing Newfoundland & Labrador with others.


In response to WordPress Daily Prompt—-Crescendo

Hiking in the Blow Me Down Mountain area Newfoundland ……..

Blow Me Down Wind

Come and catch me
and sweep me up,up,up
in your strong arms
show me the sky
show me the mountains
show me freedom
twirl me gently in your vortex
and gently lower me to the sea.
Let me hover there and raise
the ocean as only you can.
Intertwine my body with the ocean’s mist,
sweep me over the waves
with you in my face….
and then gently lower me
back on the headland.
Carol Fudge