My family dances to the rhythm and beat of the drum, as I sing into the crowd, I feel my ancestors smiling. As we sing, our voices are in unison, and we become closer to who we are supposed to be.  As First Nation’s people, we are blessed that we can communicate through our songContinue reading “SGÀANJÀAD T’AK’ANLANG”

Natural Human Movement

Natural Human Movement So let’s start with a quote, “looking fit and being fit are not the same.” Looking fit deals with the cosmetic improvements in body shape made through specific exercises designed at increasing muscle specific density for no other reason then visual pleasantry. Being fit is the capability to perform physically as wellContinue reading “Natural Human Movement”

Our Home: Ketchikan, Alaska

I was born and raised on Revillagigedo Island in Southeast Alaska in a fishing town called Ketchikan. Ketchikan comes from the Tlingit name for the creek, Kitschk-hin. the meaning of which is unclear. It may mean “the river belonging to Kitschk”; other accounts claim it means “Thundering Wings of an Eagle”.  It’s a beautiful place, and I’mContinue reading “Our Home: Ketchikan, Alaska”

Step off the Beaten Path

Step off the Beaten Path  Isn’t it easy to desire safety and security? This desire of safety can keep us limited in what we try and therefore what we can accomplish in life. Being the father of three amazing kids, I found myself in many instances doing everything that I can to keep my kidsContinue reading “Step off the Beaten Path”

Emotional Healing Techniques

For the last several months, I’ve been on a healing journey. For me, healing came first and foremost from within. Our thoughts are the architects of our reality; they are the framework of our actions. ” Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul”  -Dorothy Day Feel better aboutContinue reading “Emotional Healing Techniques”

Cold Exposure Training (Tadaang Sangaay St’igagaa)

Cold Exposure Training (Tadaang Sangaay St’igagaa) I grew up in a small Inupiaq village in northern Alaska. Cold exposure was a part of growing up. Winter officially started in late September or early October and did not seem to warm up until mid May. All activities of hunting, ice fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, and exploring took placeContinue reading “Cold Exposure Training (Tadaang Sangaay St’igagaa)”

Play…. The Foundation of Youth

Xaat’aa ‘laa is (Hello Good People) “Defining play is difficult because it’s a moving target. It’s a process, not a thing. It begins in anticipation, and hopefully ends in poise. In between you find surprise, pleasure, understanding- as a skill and empathy – and strength of mind, body and spirit.”  -Eberle Play. There is anContinue reading “Play…. The Foundation of Youth”

Virtue of Character: Generosity

What is generosity? Have you really thought about how generous we are in life? Many first nations people believed that “the love of possessions was a weakness to be overcome.” In our families Haida culture Potluck giving was one way to overcome the attachment of possessions as real wealth was determined not by how muchContinue reading “Virtue of Character: Generosity”