WHAT’S IN A NAME?
“But for the indigenous peoples of this continent, our creation stories take place in this land. They tell us why that mountain sets where it does, and why those rivers flow where they do. These stories connect us to this land. They ground us. And they motivate us to live here sustainably.
Our uninvited guests desperately want to feel connected to this land as well, but they have no stories, no understanding. So instead they carve their faces into sacred landmarks, and they name mountains that are eons old after mere men who have never even seen them.” – Mark Charles on the restoration of Denali, in The Porch Issue #1, to which you can subscribe here. (Subscribers can read the full issue now, by clicking here.)