First, let’s acknowledge that there is no truly green holiday, only shades of grey. At home or away, each one of us is a net drain on the planet’s finite resources. But small changes can make a big difference, and travellers today are more willing to scale back their consumption. We might opt for environmentally friendly travel in future, such as taking buses and trains to cut down on airplane carbon emissions.
The limitations of space and time prevent us from comprehending with any certainty the nature of the spirits who come to us. In the end, we can only surmise their nature and purpose, although it is my belief that basing our assumptions on natural evidence is the best way.
A thousand years ago, and many thousands before that, men were cutting down trees in the forests of British Columbia. They split planks to build houses, hollowed out logs for canoes, chopped off choice sections of wood to make tools and weapons. Furniture, dishes, storage containers, kitchen utensils, games and musical instruments were made of wood. The aboriginal people of British Columbia used trees (branches, roots, bark, and wood) as a primary source of raw materials.
Traveling around the world, you may come to the general conclusion that cities are just abstractions of international finance – we build what the market demands. But when you meet the works of John and Patricia Patkau, you understand that there are still artists’ hands at work. For example, the Audain Art Museum, which has collected many awards.
What do you see when you look at Haida paintings? Another hidden picture? Geometric shapes and red and black colors? Yes, this is the Haida style, which was created and preserved to this day by the native inhabitants of North America, the Haida tribe. They decorated their own bodies with such drawings.