Marzi has a strong connection to nature during her childhood. Many of her relatives live out in the country and Marzi visited them often with her parents. They have a garden at her aunt’s house that they went to every week to pick fresh produce and Marzi loved climbing the trees there when she was done working in the fields. “I have a favourite [tree], it’s the walnut tree on the edge of the property. It’s very leafy and no one can see me in it. I can spend hours there singing, talking to myself, making up stories or watching the horses and cows in the pasture next door” (Sowa, 66). She finds peace in nature and loves to just enjoy the sights and sounds.
Another time she was out picking mushrooms in the forest with her father and, although she’s afraid of the spiders crawling around, she finds the beauty in the forest. “I really like looking for mushrooms. They’re beautiful and fragile and feel so soft. I’d be almost happy to come here just to stroke them” (Sowa, 114). She imagines the mushrooms are little men who hide under their hats because they are shy and only come out when she’s not looking. It’s things like these that show how connected to nature she is, and that she cares deeply for it.
In this video, Nixiwaka Yawanawá, a member of the Yawanawá tribe in Brazil talks about the importance of land and nature for his people. The government does not respect nature like they do and it is affecting their way of life. He talks about how most people have lost their connection to nature but he wants to share his traditions with everyone and hope that people can keep the balance with the natural environment.
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Sowa, Marzena. Marzi: A Memoir. New York: DC Comics, 2011. Ebook.