Bryan’s First Nation Heritage…

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Grand Council Flag of the Mi’kmaq Nation

I grew up in Rome, Italy- one of the greatest cities on the planet. I spent my summers barefoot in a small village on a Greek island named Paros. When I came back to the United States I was drawn to wide open spaces and that strengthened my connection with nature. 

As an adult I have felt a growing connection to the Gaia. According to my family genealogy I am one sixteenth Mi’kmaq. The Mi’kmaq are a First Nations people, indigenous to the northeastern region of New England, Canada’s Atlantic Provinces, and the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. They called this region Mi’kma’ki. The nation has a population of about 40,000 (plus 21,429 in the Qalipu First Nation), of whom nearly 11,000 speak the Mi’kmaq language. Once written in Mi’kmaq hieroglyphic writing, it is now written using most letters of the standard Latin alphabet.

For thirteen years I spend my spare time barefoot in the Garden developing Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista. I am drawn to the Gaia Hypothesis and I try to implement practices that respect the complex system that our planet is, and remember that… “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

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