Land of Shining Mountains

The mighty nation of the Blackfoot People of Alberta and Montana called their land “the land of shining mountains.” Ian Tyson wrote this beautiful song with this in mind, and it captures much meaning and love for the land that is the stunning east slopes of the Rocky Mountains in this part of Western Canada. When the sun rises, it lights up the east-facing mountain sides and tops with hope and power that literally shines with wonder and figuratively shines in our hearts with joy in the moment and work of today melding with the future and past: an age of magical transformations. Thanks you, Uncle Ian, for this masterpiece of Western Canadian Roots music. #IanTyson; #WesternCanadianRoots; #BlackfootNation.

Photo by Marv Machura Abraham Lake, Alberta