30 days of thankful 2020 – #25

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.

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

8 thoughts on “30 days of thankful 2020 – #25

  1. those are two great articles, Juliann. thank you for the links! Reading about the First Nations in BC reminded me of the fantastic book To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. Have you read it?

  2. Juliann – I haven’t been commenting lately but I AM following your month of gratitude. Thank you for putting these together every day!!

    I think a lot about the Abenaki tribe that lived here in NH, especially when I go over a river because I know that, hundreds of years ago, those rivers were such sources of life. And I remember, as a child, thinking about the people who lived in the woods in the part of the Texas where I grew up. Now I know more about the horrific violence that the settlers of Texas inflicted on the Natives who survived on that land long before anyone else arrived. Thank you for inspiring me to think about this more. And I really want to read the book that Mary mentioned, To the Bright Edge of the World!

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