In 2001, Upper Skagit Elder, Vi taqʷšəblu Hilbert was worried for the world. She witnessed a world that had lost its way, that had become sick with violence and meaningless deaths. She saw that the world needed healing. The passing of her cousin, a beloved spiritual healer, further inspired her to act on her compassion and to honor the work of all healers. She believed people had lost sight of their human responsibility. Through this realization Vi was inspired to commission a symphony called the Healing Heart of Lushootseed. The symphony was performed at Seattle's Benaroya Hall in 2006. The raw footage of the symphony, and interviews with taqʷšəblu, the composer and many others has been lying dormant for more than a decade.
Now, in the midst of the pain and anguish we are feeling throughout the world, for the on-going injustices and police brutality against people of color, the Healing Heart of Lushootseed spirit is calling to be shared with the world.
We seek to finish this documentary of Vi's incredible vision, a spiritual gift of the symphony from the culture of the First People of the Salish Sea area, so we can help to heal the world and allow us to live again with joy and compassion for one another.