Sometimes I like to share travel photos. This one is a recent favourite taken on a trip to Alert Bay. If you know anything about the history of the Kwakwaka’wakw people you know of their incredible artistry. This magnificent memorial pole to Billie Moon, was carved in 1931 by Willie and Joe Seaweed and still stands in the original ‘Namgis burial grounds. It is a required visit if you are anywhere near the north island. The power and beauty of these poles when the mists inevitably roll in on a summer afternoon is sure to put you in a reflective state.
Also worth visiting is the Alert Bay Biological Reserve. Here is a video I made using footage shot there during the summer of 2018. It weds well with a piece of music from Japanese ambient music composer Chihei Hatakeyama’s CD Mist.
To learn more, visit the U’mista Cultural Centre: