These damn Indians don’t pay taxes, they keep taking all of our money and land, and they still moan that they have nothing. I don’t see what they get to complain about. They lost the war, and it’s about time they learn to adapt. * * * I am … More A White Girl’s Understanding of ‘Aboriginal Affairs’
For our HGSE class, we were asked to individually answer a question with a photo and a short presentation. My HGSE cohorts each answered key questions about themselves and their experiences on Haida Gwaii, while sharing something really meaningful with all of us. It was amazing, to celebrate understanding and give a beautiful insight to everyone. … More PhotoVoice
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! The extra emphasis on love this time of year is a beautiful thing. When I was a kid, waking up on Valentine’s Day was as exciting as Christmas. My parents always did something nice for each other and for me, and it made for a really beautiful day, even when life sometimes … More Ling.xaal, and Valentine’s Day
Wise words in an unsuspecting place.
I’ve become completely fascinated with Xaat Kíl. This is the traditional language of the Haida people, whose territories stretch from the islands of Haida Gwaii up the coast to Alaska. In this moment, there are fewer than fifty fluent speakers remaining, and none of them are younger than seventy. Saving this language is not easy. It’s an … More Kil Ḵaayd
Remember how I said I’d planned to go camping last weekend? It was such a good plan! The weather was forecasted to be sunny and gorgeous, so the plan was to get up early on Thursday, quickly hitch a ride to Tlell (about 35 km from Skidegate, where I live), and hike to the Pesuta … More Anticipation, in Moderation
Learn a few phrases in Haida today! The Skidegate Haida Immersion Program also has a Facebook page so you can get a few updates and learn a phew phrases on the go. * The X in the title should have a line beneath it, but WordPress language settings don’t let that character exist. Fucking colonialism.
The weather has been so good to us!
Welcome back! It’s been an intense few weeks. I actually had to go back and recount my last post, just to figure out how to begin. Our five courses are arranged in blocks, with one class studied intensively at a time. This first block is now, suddenly, coming to its close. I can say, confidently, … More One Fifth.
Second post! It hasn’t even been a week, and I’m already quite at home in Skidegate. Our house is bright in the day, quiet at night, and we have a great veranda on which to ponder the stars – and it is decorated with art, photography, and local history. On Friday, our introduction from the … More New Way of Life