Having driven for 3 days, through mountain passes and prismatic autumn forests, sleeping in the beloved adventure van, and then boarding the Northern Expedition for a 7 hour cruise across the Hecate Strait, I’ve finally arrived in the place that has dominated my consciousness for the last year and a half. Anyone who knows me … More A Long-Awaited Return to Haida Gwaii
As I hope you’ve all heard by now – and just a few days after Canada Water Week – in 2012, the Harper government removed substantial protections on our bodies of water. This issue has come up again in the past month, as companies like Nestlé and those operating in the Albertan oil Sands challenge the … More The End of Canada.
This post is from late February, earlier this year. I didn’t post it in time, and have been sitting on it ever since. * * * SGang Gwaay (Red Cod Village) is one of the most remote places in the world. A UNESCO heritage site, it lies … More A Trip in SGang Gwaay
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’
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