SPOTLIGHT - My Heart, The Cold Has Already Killed Me⠀
Nhliziyo yami amakhaza asengi bulele⠀
In the daily barrage of statistics, data, and verbiage that documents the “refugee crisis” around the world, it is becoming easier to forget the faces of these people who, in daring bids to escape violence and poverty, are travelling towards their hope of a better future. Hidden behind the facebook post or the outraged talking head are people with complicated stories of joy and loss, tragedy and happiness, laughter and tears. They are us and we are them. ⠀
In these stories, we encounter people from all over the world as they journey towards a better life and encounter their struggles and challenges as they seek a new home, in a journey that leaves many longing for what is no longer and what could be.⠀
It’s been a great week of Park’N It day camp at Coyote Hills, and the kids had a lot of fun learning how to make stone tools, conduct a faux archaeological dig and make a fire the central California Native way, among other things. Genesis, Patricia and Amelia (L to R) made these tule pouches from bulrush plants gathered in the marsh and cordage dyed purple from redwood cones. Like tinder, swipe left for more fun, “lit” activities #seewhatididthere#itsLit#LeadersInTraining#parkNIt#daycamp#oldways#tuibunohlone#chochenyoohlone#territory#ebrpd 📸:@rovingramenriceranger
This place...these ancient oceans that surround you: they belong to us. The trees that loom about you, silently granting you shelter and sustenance.
The cool streams snaking through this fertile landscape, where you quenched your thirst and bathed your body.
It is ours. A sacred birthright.
And it is worth any sacrifice.
"About 160 years ago, U.S. Secretary of State William Seward was taking some heat for his significant role in the purchase of #Alaska . On the day the #Russians received the $7.2 million check, a group of white travelers were at Nulato, getting ready for an upriver trip to Fort #Yukon to explore this strange land.
Among them was Frederick Whymper, an adventurous English #artist who had signed on to help document a #telegraph project across North America. In his book “#Travel and #Adventure in the #Territory of Alaska,” he left behind some insights into what America was getting itself into.
In his 20s, Whymper left what must have been a comfortable life in London to travel to British Columbia, where he gained the position of artist on the #Vancouver Island Exploring #Expedition . That experience may have whetted his appetite for wild and uncomfortable, because he soon became the artist for the Russian-American Telegraph Project. His job was to document an attempt to string a wire from San Francisco to #Moscow .
Though the successful laying of a sea-floor cable between #Ireland and #Newfoundland killed the telegraph project while Whymper was in Alaska, he and the others had a fine tour up and down the Yukon, and his are among the most detailed descriptions of the time when Alaska became part of America.The Natives of both Alaska’s coast and Interior fascinated Whymper as he wrote of the isolated “perfection” of the aboriginal people here. Here, he describes Interior Natives catching salmon on the middle Yukon River: 'We saw the very pretty sight of a whole fleet of birch bark (canoes), proceeding together as regularly as a company of soldiers. At a given signal the owners of each dipped his round hand-net into the water, and if, on raising it, a big salmon came up struggling to get away, there was a general shout,” he wrote. “I saw so much harmless fun and amusement among these Indians, and they evidently find so much enjoyment in hunting and fishing, that I could only wish they might never see much of the white man, and never learn the baneful habit and custom he is sure to introduce.'..." The rest of this post by Ned Rozell is at https://blogs.agu.org/thefield/