Ivana Kovacevic will need to approve that you worked on “How does the land shape the imagination of the people who dwell in it?” before we add you as a collaborator.
Whatever evaluation we finally make of a stretch of land, however, no matter how profound or accurate, we will find it inadequate. The land retains an identity of its own, still deeper and more subtle than we can know. Our obligation toward it then becomes simple: to approach with an uncalculating mind, with an attitiude of regard. To try to sense the range and variety of its expression--its weather and colors and animals. To intend to from the beginning to preserve some of the mystery within it as a kind of wisdom to be experienced, not questioned. And to be alert for its openings, for that moment when something sacred reveals itself within the mundane, and you know the land knows you are there.
Barry Lopez, from Arctic Dreams