'Silence & Sight'
Our wild spaces can often be places of profound stillness and quiet, and often no more so than under the cover of dark. And so it is too, that some of the animal people who flourish by night are they themselves masters of silence. Among these are Owl, “Kokoko,” to the Anishinabek. With the ability to sit nearly motionless for many hours and special wing feathers that allow silent flight through the moonlit forests, Owl has been admired for patience and skillfulness. The gift of exceptional sight allows Owl to see perfectly even in the darkest night. These qualities are what have led many people and cultures to respect Owl as a figure of wisdom, because Owl knows and sees what many others cannot. Owl is able to penetrate and understand the darkness that keeps knowledge of the world hidden from everyone else. The dark does not deceive Owl.