The word “Imagination” is etymologically linked to Old French (“imaginacion”) and Latin: from the Latin word “imaginatio(n-),” the verb “imaginari” which means “to picture oneself, “ and from “imago” or image.1 The concept of “picturing for one’s self” allows the imagination its privacy. It’s your own personal vault of image and inspiration.

Laura Shamas, Ph.D.: is a mythologist and writer in multiple genres such as theatre, non-fiction, fiction, and film, including over forty plays and essays, who is on the American Theatre “List of Native Theatres and Theatremakers,” and is a member of the Indigenous Writers Collaborative at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.