As I am walking this week, I am listening to Robert MacFarlane’s book, The Old Ways. Listening to this book and reading about the lovely walks some of our British blogging friends are taking inspires me to learn more about the places I am walking. As I walked up that hill, I began to wonder about the people who first walked this way.
I did a search and found that this area is the home of the Coast Salish people. I want to do more reading to understand the people who first lived here. As I walk, I try to imagine what this area looked like before – before the white people came to settle, before the trees were cut and the roads were built. Before groups had to work so hard to return the streams to the salmon.
I am grateful for the people who took care of this land and I want to do a better job of understanding our history and our responsibility. It is a bit scary to put these words on this space but I believe when we know better, we need to do better.
Here is another resource that came into my email this morning.