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
Yesterday was a magnificent morning. That is really saying something, especially for those of you who may be sadly familiar with my lack of fondness for consciousness before 10am. Anyways, Francois called me at about 8:30, on his way to the university (to study for the last exam of his undergraduate degree!). Still sound asleep … More Whales!
I’ve been riding the groovy surf of an artistic catharsis. It must be impossible – to be in a place like this and not have the creative energies released. There is so much environmental therapy going on, from the stunning scenery and places to explore, and the delicious food you are given by the ocean or … More Pacific Passion
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
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.