Tara

Preston, Nova Scotia Canada

Who are you and what do you do?
'My name is Tara Taylor. I am a full time playwright, festival director, visual artist and creative entrepreneur.'

Why do you choose to live in Preston?
'I grew up here in Preston. I have moved quite a bit. I have always had nightmares and dream about our land and when I moved back, the nightmares stopped. I realised that being on the land connects me to my ancestors and living family and it is where I feel grounded.'

What's your favourite place in Preston and why?
'My favourite place is at the river where, back in the day, church folk would get baptised in the river. Several years back, there was a family reunion and residents were baptised there again to commemorate the past. I have family members that were baptised there in the 50s, 60s and 70s. I was baptised in the community church across the street from it. My grandmother, great uncle and other family members are buried there.'

What is Preston proud of?
'I believe we are most proud of the way our community sticks together in times of crisis. Residents take pride in the way they take care of their land. Next door, my cousin and her partner have a miniature farm. Its lovely. We are also not on the city water and still have drilled wells, so most of the residents are proud we have maintained clean drinking water. Residents are also quite proud of our local basketball team, The East Preston Pacers!'

Tell us something about Preston that people won't know?
'We are made up of three black indigenous communities: East Preston, North Preston and Cherrybrook. It is the largest indigenous community in all of Canada.'