Alphabet Photography Project

Alphabet Photography Project | T is for Territory

Wednesday, February 03, 2016S.V. CAMBRIA

Welcome to another installment of the ‘Alphabet Photography Project’ and the letter T. Today’s installment will be short and sweet . . . T is for ‘territory’. Years ago, during our first season in Canada’s Central Coast, we spent a few days in Laredo Inlet (Princess Royal Island) in hopes of seeing the elusive Spirit Bear. We still haven’t seen one, but I did find this First Nations’ pole transitioning back to nature during one of my trips to shore with Sally (the Dog). I don’t know anything about it, but it would have been carved by a member of the Kitasu Band (I think) as a way of marking their territory and either welcoming strangers or warning them to leave. It’s the only such pole I’ve seen and it’s difficult to describe the emotions a discovery like that evokes. Over the years we’ve seen dozens of signs of man’s early existence along the coast – from petroglyphs to middens – but this was quite special . . . and eerie. 



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  1. Classic! That's a great find. I love that 'feeling of wonder' things like that evoke.

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    1. It really was pretty cool. I felt like I'd discovered something nobody else had seen in over a hundred years.

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  2. Wow - that would have been a wonderful thing to stumble across. I love how mysterious it looks and the ferns covering its head.

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    1. I think it had to the be the best First Nations discovery I've ever made (though the midden beaches that date back over 10,000 years are pretty amazing . . . and beautiful). I'd love to go back and see it again.

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