Spirit

When I moved to Nanaimo, I happened to be in the old Salvation Army store–this would have been the late ’60s, early ’70s–and there were two women going through a bin and I was going through another bin and they were speaking the Kwakiutl language. I don’t know, I was. . . I kept moving closer and as I got closer it was like I fell into what they were saying, I fell into their spirit. It was the most beautiful melody and song that I had ever heard and I sunk in there–my whole spirit just moved into that. That was my first contact, that was my actual contact with Native people and I felt like my spirit and I had been changed through that contact and from then on I’ve had a fairly close walk with the Nation and a lot of changed perception.