I’ve been quiet here and missing the practice of taking time each month to write about my relationship with the natural world. And, I’ve missed you. Even though this isn’t a conversation in the traditional sense, there is some energetic feedback that happens when I send a piece of writing out into the world.
The big news is that my husband and I have moved to a home next to a river in coastal Oregon where salmon spawn, otters play, elk graze, and eagles fly. Douglas fir, Western hemlock, Giant maple, Sitka cedar, and Red alder soak up the rain and grow toward the light in the dense forest. Fungi, lichen, and moss are a few of the innumerable neighbors who call this place home and thrive in the shadows. After living 19 years in the coastal sage scrub of California, there is a whole new world to discover!
We’ve been here just over a month so I’m still orienting to the four directions, the sun and moon rise, the personality of wind and rain, the height and flow of the river, and the shorter days. My intention is to come to know the land in a deeper way so that I can begin to feel at home again.
For me, part of moving to a new place is acknowledging the long history of the surrounding lands and the people who lived and are still living here. The Tillamook, Confederate Tribes of Grand Ronde, Confederate Tribe of Siletz Indians, Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla, and their living descendants, have fished, hunted, foraged, dwelled, created art, practiced ceremony, and raised their families here, by some records, for 10,000+ years.
I encourage you to take a look at this map to learn about the long history of where you live - https://native-land.ca/ The creators of this site state their mission as - We strive to map Indigenous lands in a way that changes, challenges, and improves the way people see history and the present day. We hope to strengthen the spiritual bonds that people have with the land, its people, and its meaning.
Let me know what you find out.