Phil Cousineau is a writer and storyteller. Here, in a conversation with Michael Toms, he refers to the irrepressible urge in the human spirit to leave a mark behind.
“My metaphor refers to making your mark on the cave wall. My ancestors come from a little village in the south of France only 5 miles from the Lascaux caves. I visited the caves a number of years ago and loved seeing the cavorting, leaping gazelles, bisons, and so on. It conveyed the irrepressible urge in the human spirit to leave a mark behind, to leave a story, to leave a photo album for your grandchildren. But what really stirred me were the handprints on the wall which is the creative work that says, ‘I was here. I felt something deeply. And I would like you to feel what I felt.’”
Phil Cousineau is an art and literary tour leader.
He is also host and co-writer of “Global Spirit,”
a nationally broadcast television series,
and author of over 30 books including: Wordcatcher.
Host of the interview with Willis Barnstone.