The life cycle of the birch bark scrolls are in perpetual, circular motion. The long bark strips, made possible by the communal nutrients surrounding the birch, are carefully found and harvested with care. Lightweight, compact, and water resistant, the embedded bark will carry it’s story for a very long time. Once it is ready to retire, a new strip of bark will take on it’s story. Through the cycles of change in the bark, the story will also change to better embody the community that carries it. The lifecycle of community is also in perpetual, circular motion; expanding and contracting through kinship, land, and – above all – stories.
A birchbark scroll does not stand on it’s own, it requires the structure of community to be present to vocalize, ingest, and continue it’s story. The language used to inscribe the story cannot be read without the memory, but is broad enough to present itself according to each telling.