Suitcase and World: 2022

Friday, June 10, 2022

Japan! Third Time's The Charm?


 
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ur trip to Japan was suppose to originally take place in April 2011. Back then I was working full time and didn't really have either the time nor the energy to plan a trip so I reached out to a company called Samurai Tours and worked with them to conceive a two week trip for my brother and I.  We were scheduled to arrive into Tokyo on April 9.  Barely a month earlier, the earthquake that was followed by a devastating tsunami, hit the country and we had to cancel our trip.  I was so incredibly disappointed that we didn't get to go but grateful that the country managed to recover from that unfortunate event.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

This is Haida Gwaii. Skedans.

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oday, James arranged for us to visit Skedans, another of the Haida heritage sites that is part of the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site.  It is a National Historic Site of Canada though it is not a UNESCO World Heritage Site like SGang Gwaay.

The Haida name for Skedans is K’uuna Llnagaay (Village at the Edge) but the village had several other names as well, including Huadji-lanas (“Grizzly Bear Town”) because of the large number of grizzly bear carvings found there. Visiting fur traders named it Skedans, a corruption of the name of its chief, Gida’nsta which means “From His Daughter”, a title of respect used by children when addressing a person of high rank.

Friday, May 6, 2022

This is Haida Gwaii. SG̱ang Gwaay.

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he ancient Haida village of SG̱ang Gwaay Llnagaay (Nan Sdins or Ninstints) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (inscribed 1981) that is located in a sheltered bay on the east side of SG̱ang Gwaay Island (formerly Anthony Island) in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site (established in 1993). Did you follow all that? ­čśÇ