Stuck in Alert Bay fixing our canoe before we can head out and rejoin the group already en route to Bella Bella #tribaljourneys
TRIBAL CANOE JOURNEYS 2014 QATUWAS FESTIVAL 2014 – Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada
The Spiritual and Cultural Meaning of the Traditional Sea Going Canoe
was reignited close to three decades ago, when the Heiltsuk Nation paddled their canoe (the Glwa) 500 kilometers from Bella Bella to Vancouver for Expo 86.
Soon after that groundbreaking voyage, Tribal Journey’s was born. Tribal Journeys have since transformed thousands of aboriginal youth, exposing them to the forces of nature on the open sea as their forefathers have done for generations. It has helped them to reconnect with their culture and heritage, and given them renewed confidence as contemporary First Nation’s people with a longstanding history.
On their voyages, the pullers have gained respect for the ocean’s power and learned to work together as a team. They have embraced traditional ecological practices, environmental stewardship, and learned the vital aspects of weather patterns and tides. The rigorous training and dedication have improved the physical and mental health of many aboriginal youth, helping to prepare them for a more successful life.
Join thousands of international visitors and witness The Tribal Canoe Journeys 2014 Qatuwas Festival. From July 13th to 19th, over 100 traditional canoes and 1000 pullers from nearby villages and as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand, will make the journey by sea to the Heiltsuk nation in Bella Bella.
By Kris Krug on 2014-07-07 20:04:31
Drinking water can be purified, in many different ways. Natural spring water which is really just rainwater filtered and “purified” through ground water. People demand more from their household water. Many of the different products used to purified in the home can be thought of as ways to remove the typical impurities found in tap water. Tap water has been in Western world’s homes since the 19th century. Beginning in urban centers tap water was a huge improvement over existing wells, considering many cities of the 19th century were located on old pre-industrial sites often near significant bodies of water.
Considering the 19th century’s rapid industrialization and population growth, water quickly became polluted and in areas near saltwater the rapid draw down of well water lowered water tables and saltwater encroached. The advent of reservoir systems and piping started naturally enough with the higher social classes and quickly cascaded down to the working classes, drastically improved access to water. The new systems of water delivery by pipes, aqueducts and reservoirs substantially increased the quantity of water to the urban centers. Not to be underestimated and yet significant, is the increased qualitative improvements in water. Where once people relied on muddy and brackish water; now they had fresh clean water, often piped from areas with low population density and ready sources of water. This new running water or tap water, was arguably one of the defining moments in human history. With guarantee access to water cities could grow, labor could diversify and wealth could be created.
Learning about the history of tap water is important especially if you want to appreciate more of the simple things we have now. This can also lead to more appreciation on the importance of drinking water. Of course, if you are dealing with contaminated tap water at home, the best solution would be to get a reliable home water filter system.