Memorable journeys. Most of them with photographs taken by Mark Kaarremaa (1948- 2015)
2019 Paddling Beyond – New Zealand with Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre youth
How can a culture survive without its language?… We discuss indigenous language between ourselves and with the Maori. They have a common language which helps….How do you do that in Canada, especially in BC where there are just under 200 First Nation languages….Whose language? Maybe we learn to use many words, many languages like waka (Maori), snuwulth (hul’qumi’num), c’apac (nuu’chah’nulth) and xwakwana (Kwai waka wak)–all mean canoe).
This was an epic journey, Nanaimo to Bella Bella approx 600 kilometres and three weeks paddling.
The journey that started it all.
My first Camino with Linda Prior, an epic journey 34 days, almost 800kilometers, a half dozen blisters and a family we picked up on the way. I blogged my story here.
In a pinch, or in a pandemic what is one to do? Create your own Camino. In olden days a pilgrim started their pilgrimage when they walked out their home door. So we did too, and started our walk from Nanaimo to Victoria.
Mark passed away in 2015. He was a professional photographer since 1975 and his photos have been published in newspapers, books, magazines including National Geographic Adventure, Beautiful British Columbia, New York Times, Wooden Boat Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, The Globe and Mail, Pacific Yachting. We miss him.