The Medicine of Our Ancient Forests

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The Medicine of Our Ancient Forests
All science is silent, while the future is being felled in B.C., Canada. All the mothers of the First Nations of the Pacheedaht and Ditidaht nations should show their ancestral trees to their children before they are cut down. They will never see the likes of them again.

Children! Forget culture. Forget heritage. Forget language. Forget wisdom. Forget salmon. Forget owls. Forget those tiny blackberries of the salal, so sweet on your tongue. You, too, are a woodland culture whose voice goes back into the depths of Turtle Time. You will be the last of your race, hunted by hunger across a foreign world. Stand your ground! Look the Colonial Monster in the face and stare him down.

Deep in your ancient forests, you have medicine valuable to you and the rest of the planet. Look into your noble trees. Inside, in the heartwood, there is another life, invisible to the naked eye. These are endogenous fungi. These fungi are chemists. They manufacture unique medicines with extraordinary abilities. The names are a library in itself. Prostacyclin, Prostaglandin E2, Prostaglandin F2 Alpha, Prostaglandin I2. As a mixture, they are called prostaglandins. And, yes, they are anti-viral, with a unique medical ability to shut down the vascular tissue inside the nose. They block Covid-19. The medicine men of the Cree Nation have known and used them for centuries. Who asks a medicine man anything? This is the pharmacopeia of just one tree!

I have been asked to put a dollar value on the trees of Fairy Creek. They are priceless, like a smile in the eyes of a happy child, like the Mona Lisa, like a careful cougar, like good health, priceless. Nobody understands the web of life, let alone put a dollar value on it, or on the future, which is coming down, now, tree by tree.

– Diana B. Beresford-Kroeger

Call of the Forest and Art for Ancient Trees are holding a fundraiser to raise awareness about logging in the last 3% of British Columbia’s big tree ancient forests. Endangered old-growth areas such as the Caycuse watershed on Vancouver Island are actively being logged and others such as Fairy Creek are still at risk. We are supporting the Ancient Forest Alliance’s mission to protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests and ensure a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry.

Purchase a ticket for only $10 with the option of an additional donation to view the documentary by filmmaker Jeff McKay, Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, which will show from July 28 to July 31.

In addition to this viewing, you can also support this important cause and local artists by purchasing a piece of art at Art for Ancient Trees’ online art auction. There are over 60 pieces for sale – original and prints of many themes and styles – by artists like Robert Bateman, Jill Louise Campbell, Mahtab Firouzabadi, Kelly Kiss, Gillian Gandossi, Hristina Hristozova, Dominik Modlinski and many more. Prices start at $20.

For more information on the virtual screening and art auction, please visit: https://watch.showandtell.film/watch/art-for-ancient-trees..

Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees is a feature documentary and movement inspired by environmental visionary and author Diana Beresford-Kroeger.
 
The film is co-produced by Edgeland Films and Merit Motion Pictures, and directed by Peabody Award winner Jeff McKay. Through the feature film, interactive app, website, and more, the movement seeks to create a motivated community of global citizens who will replant the world’s forests and continue to raise awareness and support for the importance of trees in our lives.

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