Wounded place: Superfund site and WWII Japanese Exportation beach
This beach has poignant emotional and spiritual significance for this island because of the deportation of 200 plus Japanese community members that sundered the fabric of the whole community. In addition it is a sore reminder of our environmental plunder before we modern humans remembered our dependence on a thriving ecosystem. In the early part of the 20th century, the island forests were ravaged for their wood and a creosote plant was established to help preserve them for their long travels by sea. That industry fouled the waters and poisoned the shell fish for the last fifty years. I don’t remember when it was closed but the clean up continues. It’s still designated a superfund site
We will Make Artful Prayers by constructing a large mandala in the sand with the radjoy bird in the center – praying and singing and meditating as we go.