Seabeck Book Club is committed to the UCUCC covenant including this part: “To live responsibly within Your creation, sharing with gratitude the gifts we are given”. To further explore and develop our ideas of ourselves in relation to the gifts of Sacred Earth we will be reading The Seed Keeper a novel by Diane Wilson (2021). We will meet Monday evenings 9/19-10/17 on Zoom. We will be considering the following ideas:
• The interweaving of community and personal stories, of past and present, particularly in indigenous communities: Do you have similar family stories? Stories of Washington State? What about the interweaving of the two in UCUCC history?
• Individual friendships: What is your experience, similar or different?
• Political history: For a brush up on Dakota history in the U.S, see pp. 133 and 188 of An Indiginous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. (Seabeck Book Club read it last year.) What do you know about the similar history of the Coast Salish Peoples in the Pacific Northwest, including the Duwamish?
• Sacred Earth: How is the novel’s protagonist affected by environmental degradation? Do you see any similarities to what is happening in the basin of the Salish Sea?