The shores of the Salish Sea have been occupied for an estimated 10,000 years.
This impresses me. Probably it doesn’t impress people in Europe–and probably advocates of the Plains and Woodland peoples of North America would point out that the other places I’ve lived were occupied nearly as long. But there’s something different out here. The permanent settlements? The strong tribal presence, still? Or something else, something about the salmon and the bears and the berries, the crabs, the shellfish … and the wool. The first peoples here went after mountain goats for theirs. The natural dyes please me more than I can say.