Passing Cloud – Tansy remembers

Kindred Spirits

Tansy has been to Haida Gwaii many times, and met many people…her favourite, of course is our favourite photographer!

Ten Thousand seven hundred years!

But there is evidence that people have lived here for many thousands of years! On a beach, Tansy showed Constance the archaeological site she worked on a few years ago…

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Lithics

…with tools on the beach that were last held by human hands over ten thousand years ago.

 

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Prepared Clam Garden

And here is a clam garden, part of an extensive fishing and gathering complex prepared and maintained by people who lived here one or two thousand years ago…

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Fish Trap Stakes

…the estuaries and creeks have stakes in them – remnants of fish traps which were probably used and repaired for hundreds of years!

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SGang Gwaay

People lived in villages like SGaang Gwaay up until about a hundred and fifty years ago…

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Captain Russ and Watchman, Walter

…and we met the Haida Gwaii Watchmen who live at the ancient sites, looking after them and teaching visitors about the ways of their ancestors who lived there before.

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Sisters

Tansy was happy her sisters could come along on this trip, to experience the depths of the beauty and history of the land and people. It is hard to convey – we all feel changed forever!

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Please  click here  to see the website of Outer Shores Expeditions,

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If you want to see where Passing cloud is right now, click here!

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8 thoughts on “Passing Cloud – Tansy remembers

  1. Nice to see the favored photographer and more historical notes and photos of this special place that part of the QH household and QH human got to visit.

  2. Viewing all this beauty, I can’t help but notice that life in the frenzied present has paid a large price…exchanging the close connection humans had to one another, family and nature in exchange for a connection to technology.

  3. I am so impressed by the watchmen program. And seeing the artifacts of the life lived on these islands. Thank you and the “favorite” photographer for sharing with us.

    • The watchmen are so committed and knowledgeable – it was really the best way to visit these ancient villages, and gave us a very great appreciation and some understanding of the people who have been living there for millennia. I am so grateful to have been able to be there briefly and with a group of people dedicated to making as small an impact as possible.

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