Photograph by Russell James. Collaborative art by Jamie Okuma (USA), Sandra Okuma (USA).

James’ photograph captures the timelessness of the land and the circle of life.

Jamie and Sandra Okuma have painted the spirit of the fallen tree, as a metaphor for the ancestors that once inhabited this land. The old tree is lying in, and will one day become, part of the very earth in which the new or young one thrives. He is sending his spirit, his knowledge, strength and courage to the present and beyond, just as our ancestors have done for us. By passing on their land, culture and traditions we are able to adapt and survive through tribal continuity in modern times.