Hishuk Ish Tsawalk (Everything is One and All is Interconnected)

Photo courtesy of Ralph Milton.

Being the last Sunday of the month, in regular times the Alleluia Ringers would be playing in church, as we love to do. In this time of “virtual church,” perhaps you’d like to watch this video of a performance from October 2016.

I’ve chosen this video, because the piece is titled “Hishuk Ish Tsawalk” which comes from the Aboriginal language of the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples who live on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It means “Everything is One and All is Interconnected.” This piece was commissioned by the BC Guild of English Handbell Ringers (of which the Alleluia Ringers are members) for the 2016 International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver, to represent BC. The composer is percussionist Bruce Henczel of Langley.

This piece felt particularly appropriate to me for these times, in both bad and good senses. Bad, because we are finding out how the interconnectiveness of the world is fueling the COVID-19 pandemic. And good, because despite that challenge, we are finding new ways to remain united, support each other, and get through this together.

~Nikki Attwell
Director, Alleluia Ringers