Clément first came into my life with the release of my book, The Journal of Etienne Mercier. That was 20 years ago.
At that time, I didn't realize the impact he would have on my life nor did I realize the number of times he would appear in my writings (I am Raven, Raven's Greatest Creation, Beneath Raven Moon, Raven and Whale...).
Over time, I have learned to be grateful. I have learned to be grateful for the sacred medicines. And I have learned how to use them. For protection, I travel with Sweetgrass. I cleanse with Sage. I always have some form of Ceder with me. And I offer tobacco in prayer. I pray with tobacco and I pray through my flutes. I respect all our relations.
And today, through this tattoo, I acknowledge Clément's contribution in my life and in so doing, I honour him.
Thank you Gordon Miller for the beautiful watercolour of Clément (...taken from the Jornnal of Etienne Mercier and showing above). Miigwetch to hyper-realistic tattoo artist Potter of Forever Young in Toronto for my half sleeve - his depiction of my friend, Clément.
The last line from my book The Journal of Etienne Mercier says it all. (I really should learn to read into the words I write):
"No matter. I will get food then I will come back and do what I should have done two year ago. I will make the picture of my frien Clément."