Gathering inspiration from this giant tide. We walked several kilometres out from the beach today at a zero tide that then rises an amazing 23ft throughout the day. Such an astonishing shift to observe in the landscape here on Graham Island in Haida Gwaii
Coffee on the shore of Rose Harbour, Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. This was the site of an old whaling station and the gateway to Sgang Gwaay. What a privilege to visit this former Haida Village and UNESCO Heritage Site. A unique experience. #haidagwaii#edgeoftheworld#coffeegal#coffeeyyc#sganggwaay
It's felt like ages since there was a new year but its actually only been a month. Today is the beginning of Haida New Year.
The Haida are indigenous North Americans who live mostly in Haida Gwaii, which means the Islands of the People, renamed officially in 2010 from its colonialised name of Queen Charlotte Islands. Just of the coast of Vancouver.
The Haida calendar is a lunar one that was in use by a civilisation that goes back at least 12,700 years - and its thought much further back than that. It's kinda complicated - in particular because I can't find much detailed explanation of it. But it names each month after the characteristics of living through that month. Names such as "Taan kongaas is "Black bear month", because it is when the come out of hibernation. And Xiid Gyaas is "month when the laughing geese fly north". My favourite month name is "Kong gyaangaas" which means "Standing up to defecate month." It happens around Dec-Jan when the ground is very cold. I guess it wouldn't be my favourite if I didn't live in the comfort I do.