Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Beaver

I first came to Western Canada to participate in an archaeological excavation at a Northwest Company post. I stayed for three months living in a canvas tipi and came to love the parkland. Every summer at the cabin I try to read books (often shared with my mother-in-law) about the fur trade and the Native People of Western Canada both pre and post contact. I am trying to learn a history other than my own, I find it interesting, and it seems the least I can do.

"The slow current
of the life below tugs at me all day.
When I dream at night, they save a place for me,
no matter how small, somewhere by the fire. "

from Remembering Mountain Men
by William Stafford


Kathie Brown said...

Guy, have you read the book, "Forest Lover" about the artist Emily Carr? I loved this book. It opened my eyes to that whole Northwest Tlingit Culture that I knew nothing about, as well as an amazing female artist I had never heard of. I admire your desire to learn more, and I love the quote on this post.

Oh, and on a personal note. After 3 years since our little blossom passed away, we finally got another do. Her name is Coda (for the musical term) and she is a blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She brings much joy to our lives.

Guy said...

Hi Kathie

I have not read the book. I have seen a fair bit of Carr's work. My mother in law is a painter and Helen and I visit galleries whenever we can so art is a big part of our life. I have concentrated my reading on the Plains Indian Culture but we are exposed to a lot of Northwest Coast Native art and culture in Canada and I have always be fascinated by their carving.

I am glad you have another dog now that you are settled. They do keep you hoping and they are wonderful companions for keeping you engaged in what is going on.