“Do not be nostalgic for a place. Go home to your people and do the work. That is how you can honour the experience”
17 November 2017
“We do not have the upper hand here. We simply have the one closer to the soil”
10 November 2017
“I could never survive in the city. I can’t hunt in the supermarket”
- Alaskan Native Elder
8 November 2017
“There’s so much to talk about”
- Pouline (Native Alaskan Elder)
Have you ever been somewhere for the first time, and felt like you had come home? I have. I feel like I know these mountains. And they know me. The whisper of the ocean is calm and familiar. The sun greets me like a long lost friend. And as the cold winds sting my cheeks, I smile. Because I am home.
4 November 2017
“So this is really happening...”
Goodbyes. Holding back the tears. Check in. Passports and boarding passes. Excitement is infectious. I’m so glad I caught it.
“Make your children your reason, not your excuse”
This haerenga was always going to be the experience of a lifetime. But I was in denial. The thought of being separated from my babies terrified me. It robbed me of excitement and left me numb. Anxiety. Building until breaking point. Tears. Self-doubt. Panic. “I can’t do this”, I whispered into the warmth of his embrace. “Yes you can”. Let your children be your reason, not your excuse. First lesson learnt and I hadn’t even left yet. Transformation hurts. But I am ready. Let’s do this.