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Tricksters – adapted for survival

Canadian artist Franke James gives reign to her ‘inner trickster’ to produce delightful visual essays that advocate for action to address climate change.

Charles Darwin (left) famously said,

“It is not the strongest nor the most intelligent of the species that survive, it is the one most adaptable to change.”

The most adaptable characters in many oral storytelling traditions are characters known as ‘tricksters.’    American Indian cultures have Coyote, a trickster character characterized by paradox, duality, cleverness, shape-shifting, duplicity, and a knack for survival. Islamic cultures have the wise fool, Mulla Nasreddin.

Tricksters teach essential truths and survival skills using an array of indirect methods.

Are humans up to the job?  Can we adapt to the changing climate in time? Or are we stuck in a ‘business as usual’ framework?

Perhaps we can take heart from news that Toyota Prius was the the world’s third best-selling car line in the first quarter of 2012. A sign of adaptation?

Take a minute to soak in the wonderfully creative visual essays of Franke James. And commune with your inner trickster to find ways that you can adapt.

Image Credit: All images are the work of Franke James.
First posted at Thisness of a That. Reposted with permission.


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