… and know

That Haida Culture is not simply song and dance

graven images, language or even blood

It’s all of these things

and then…


awakening on Haida Gwaii,

waiting for the herring to spawn

It’s a feeling you get

when you bring a feed of cockles to the old people

or walking on barnacles

…or moss


It has something to do with bearing witness

when a falcon takes a seabird

and being there when salmon are finishing their course…


along the way we eat some huckleberries

watch the kids grow up

and attend the funeral feasts


It’s a matter of dealing with the squabbles within

and the greater troubles that come to us from the outside


It’s about being confronted by the great storms of winter

and trying to look after this precious place