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Filed under: Readers Cafe — by Glenda at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Longhouses at the ‘Ksan Historic Village

Hi and welcome to the Readers’ Café – a place to gather and to share. Today we are visiting ‘Ksan Historic Village near Hazelton, in northwest British Columbia.


Inside a longhouse

Please help yourself to a warm beverage of your choice and join us around the fire. Then sit back and join in the conversation by posting comments below. Don’t be shy.

Hit your internet browser’s REFRESH button to see new comments as others join in the conversation. All that I ask is that you respect others and keep it relatively family-friendly. Also, keep in mind that this is a public space, so share what you feel comfortable sharing publicly.

Sitting in this home of yesteryear, experiencing another culture, another way of life of long ago and not so long ago, one begins pondering one’s own history and culture.

Today’s conversation starter is:

Where do you come from? Do you have a story from your personal history or culture that you would like share? Or, another experience you would like to share or another question you would like to ponder around the crackling fire?

If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a chai tea latte. Thanks kindly.

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Comment by Darrell

October 17, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

Hi Glenda
Nice to be here again.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

Thanks for coming by, Darrell. Be the first to hold the talking stick and to share a story or a piece of your history.

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 17, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

Hello Glenda. Hello Darrell.

It sounds like the trip went well.

Comment by Darrell

October 17, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

I am just your ordinary person, my grandparents on both sides were english dont know alot.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

Welcome Rick, yes the trip went well ‘cept for the oolichan.

Comment by Mike DeWitt

October 17, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

Hello Glenda, Darrell, and Rick!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

October 17, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

What’s an oolichan?

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

Darrell, would you like to know more about your roots? Did your family continue any English traditions?

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 17, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

I didn’t want to bring that up. :)

I know. Bad pun.

Did your grandparents come to Canada from England, Darell?

Comment by Darrell

October 17, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

Hi Rick,Mike

Nice to see you.

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 17, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

Hi Mike!

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

;) Rick.

Mike, oolichan is a small oily fish, aka the candlefish because it is also burned for light.

Comment by Darrell

October 17, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

yes they came from england, parents not too talkative on family history, not a hot topic with my family.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

Mike, Rick, where do your roots originate from?

Comment by Daniele Rossi

October 17, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

Is this a makeshift chatroom on a blog using the comments? Great idea, Glenda!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

October 17, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

My ancestors came from Belgium (both ends), Poland, Germany, and the Netherlands (the latter as religious refugees). I’m a melting pot all on my own!

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

Darrell, would you like to know more about your family history?

Comment by Darrell

October 17, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

possably?

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

Welcome Daniele, yes. Feel free to jump right into the conversation.

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 17, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

With a name like Cockrum, I’m assuming my family came over from England. It was a long time ago, though, and no one really knows the location or the wherefores. Since they lived in Georgia/Alabama until the last couple of generations, I have suspicions about criminal status.

I had a great grandmother who was Cherokee. I never met her. My mom has a picture of her, though, and my grandmother resembled her.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

Cool Mike, do you follow any of their traditions?

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 17, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

Hi Daniele. It’s good to meet you.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

Interesting Rick!

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 4:32 pm

Hi Everyone!

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

As for me, I’m a mixture of Scottish, English and Irish blood. And, apparently, there is a Gypsy prince [or something] way, way back.

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 17, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

Hello Lori-Ann. How ya doin’ today?

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

Hi Lori-ann, welcome.

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 17, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

It’s that Gypsy that got you in the red sports cars. :)

Comment by Darrell

October 17, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

Glenda you are a princess no matter what

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

Ah, is that what it is, Rick?!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

October 17, 2007 @ 4:38 pm

Rick, you beat me to the gypsy line! My wife has Bohemian in her bloodline. My kids could be related to Glenda! :-)

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

Aww, thank you Darrell, you’re so sweet.

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

Doing okay Rick. My family background is German/English on my Dad’s side and Scottish on my Mom’s. Somewhere in there someone married a Chinese gentleman when mixed marriages were not even spoken about in a whisper:)

Comment by the other Glenda Watson

October 17, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

Hello everyone, just dropping in to say hi

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

Sheesh, I didn’t know that about Gypsy blood! Hope I that fact correct. I’ll ask Mom when she returns for the park with the dogs. I’m trying to convince her to join us.

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 17, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

I’ll bet that led to some interesting talks when it happened, Lori-Ann.

My wife’s Irish and German. I like to tease her about her Celtic background. “Woad is me!”

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

Welcome Glenda, thanks for joining us. Do we share similar roots too?

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 17, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

Hello other Glenda Watson.

Spiritual twins?

Comment by the other Glenda Watson

October 17, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

well…. I am planning to be a gypsy for halloween… does that count??
My grandfather was a home child from England.. married my German grandmother…. the rest is history…

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

Yes, very spooky, Rick!

Comment by the other Glenda Watson

October 17, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

I think I freak out Glenda… we even have the same middle name

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

Glenda, refresh my memory: is your middle name also Louise?

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

Same birthday by any chance?

Comment by the other Glenda Watson

October 17, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

Yes… I am also Louise

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 17, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

As long as you don’t have the same blog…

and husband….

it can’t get too strange.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

I am Nov 4.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

Lori-Ann, how in Kurtis doing?

Comment by the other Glenda Watson

October 17, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

dec 5th. I believe I am a few years older…

I would love to stay longer but my ten year old thinks he needs the computer…

Take care…

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

Thanks Glenda, have a great evening.

Comment by Mike DeWitt

October 17, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

Wow! Clones. Who knew? They seem benign. ;-)

Comment by Mike DeWitt

October 17, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

Ten year olds do not need computers. Any 12-year-old sibling will tell you that!

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

;) Yes, what are the chances of another Glenda Louise Watson?

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 17, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

All ten year olds need computers. They just don’t need internet access to go with it. That way they can use it for constructive things like Sim City and the Oregon Trail.

Comment by Mike DeWitt

October 17, 2007 @ 5:03 pm

You have a point, Rick.

Comment by Darrell

October 17, 2007 @ 5:03 pm

Hi Dear

No matter what, there is only one of you, you are special.

Comment by Mike DeWitt

October 17, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

Well Glenda, things like that aren’t as statistically odd as one might think. I believe the number of people you need in a group to get a 50% chance that two people have the same birthday is only 20!

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

Kurtis is doing really well. We have started working with a conductor for Conductive Education. His tablet PC is at the school district IT dept for setup for network and internet access. Nov 6 we go to Sunny Hill to have the wheelchair adapted for it. Lots of frustration around obtaining a standing frame.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:05 pm

Are you saying one of me is enough, Darrell?

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 5:05 pm

Thanks for asking by the way…I could go on and on but will restrain myself:)

Comment by Mike DeWitt

October 17, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

Back in 2004 I got a frantic call from the U.S. Olympic Committee wondering when I was arriving in Sacramento for the Olympic Trials. I was completely unaware of my opportunity, but then found out that they used directory assistance, looking for a Michael DeWitt in the 262 area code figuring there couldn’t be more than one. Wrong!

But it would be fun to be in the Olympics!

Comment by Karla Meachem (Empowering Christian Women)

October 17, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

Hi everyone! Just dropping by before I leave for a meeting.

My family background is English on my dad’s side and scottish/english on my mom’s side.

My parents never share about family history; it would be so nice to hear more details. So, like Darrell, I don’t know alot either.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

Trust the math whiz to come up with that stat!

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 17, 2007 @ 5:09 pm

Will the PC have voice output like you wanted, Lori-Ann?

Comment by Mike DeWitt

October 17, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

Glenda,

I have to drop off to take care of dinner. Not sure if the party will still be going when I’m done. Thanks for a lovely time, and I look forward to the next one.

Mike

P.S. Thanks for the Facebook reminder. It worked! :-)

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

If it doesn’t already, it will have soon…My husband is a computer tech

Comment by Karla Meachem (Empowering Christian Women)

October 17, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

LOL Mike – that is hilarious!

A dream you never knew you had! :)

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

wow, which event, Mike? ;)

Welcome Karla.

Comment by Mike DeWitt

October 17, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

Hi Karla,

My revision is nearly complete!

Mike

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

Is there a facebook group for you Glenda?

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 17, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

Lori-Ann: Cool!

Comment by Karla Meachem (Empowering Christian Women)

October 17, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

Can’t wait to see the revision MIke!

Great job!

Let me know when it’s done.

Comment by Darrell

October 17, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

you are wonderful, more of you would be interesting and a handful

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 17, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

Mike the Olympian!

I’m going to take off.

Thank you, Glenda.

Take care Darrell, Lori-Ann, Mike, Karla. See you in two weeks.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

Yes, Lori-ann, at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2378349797

Comment by Darrell

October 17, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

Hi Lori-Ann

Good luck with the computer,dont let anyone tell you things are not possible. We can do almost anything.

Comment by Karla Meachem (Empowering Christian Women)

October 17, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

Glenda,

Do your parents share about their history?

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

Thanks Rick and Mike for stopping by. The next Readers’ Cafe, scheduled for Nov 7th, is canceled because we’ll be in Vegas! The next one will be Nov 21st.

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 5:20 pm

I know it Darrell…the hard part is convincing the rest of the world…especially when the child has multiple diagnosis. At least once a week we are at the school advocating for one thing or another. I just have to keep the big picture in mind or it is all so overwhelming.

Comment by Karla Meachem (Empowering Christian Women)

October 17, 2007 @ 5:20 pm

Viva Las Veas!

Can I come too? (wink)

Comment by Karla Meachem (Empowering Christian Women)

October 17, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

Vegas! Who can spell? lol

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

Hi all!

I’ve just returned from dinner (east coast), caught up on all the reading, and now am ready to participate (while I also write a new procedure- ugh! – tonight)…

So, I am 100% Irish (all 4 grandparents came over on various boats, landed in Boston, found and married each other, and had children).

One of the interesting things is perspective; the Irish were considered the very low class at the time, so jobs were usually maid/cook for the women and laborer for the men.

My mother was told she could marry anyone she wanted to — as long as he was Irish, Catholic, and college educated!

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

I, on the other hand, was told I could marry anyone I wanted to – as long as he was ‘white’.

My daughter will be told she can marry anyone she wants to – as long as she loves him and is good to him, and he loves her and is good to her.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

Sure Karla, we’re going to the BlogWorld Expo.

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

I wonder what she’ll tell her daughter??

Comment by Darrell

October 17, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

Lori-Ann

We are here to help any time.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

Hi Mary! Funny how perspective changes, isn’t it?

Comment by Karla Meachem (Empowering Christian Women)

October 17, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

Oh Glenda! I would love to attend! Be sure to soak it all in – have a bloggerific time!

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

I definitely will, Karla. I’m eagerly looking forward to meeting my “invisible” friends.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

Mary, perhaps she will tell her daughter that she doesn’t need to get married?

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

Since I’m a bit of a family tree buff, I can go back to the 1800’s with my family tree; my husband’s family (also 100% Irish) is a bit harder since no one’s very interested in it.

Stories – the Irish are famous storytellers, so I have lots of memories – all happy ones – of hearing family stories again and again.

Comment by Karla Meachem (Empowering Christian Women)

October 17, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

I can only imagine! I can’t wait to hear all about your trip…people you meet, things you will learn!

What an awesome opportunity for you!

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 5:30 pm

That’s definitely her choice; my daughter is pretty traditional, so it’s probably in the cards for her as she’s also a bit of a romantic…

Maybe she’ll tell her daughter that it doesn’t have to be a HIM! Who knows…

Comment by Karla Meachem (Empowering Christian Women)

October 17, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

Sorry everyone, I have to leave for my meeting. I will check back once I am home. :)

Have a great evening!

P.S.- Loved the coffee & fellowship!

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

Karla,

your post reminded me of the Dr. Seuss book “Oh the Places You’ll Go”… one of my faves

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

That is awesome, Mary.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:34 pm

Karla, thanks for stopping by. Have a good evening.

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

Hey Glenda and Darrell, the trip sounds like a blast (I even briefly considered flying there – not to attend, but just to meet you! – before reality kicked me in the butt [in the form of my calendar and to-do list]. However, I do want to meet you – I am determined to learn Glenda-ish and add it to my resume – so will keep looking for opportunities to do so!

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 5:38 pm

Alright, I’m going to go work on my documents for 15 mins – and will pop back in – but didn’t want you to think I was non-responsive if you write something that doesn’t get answered right away. If no one’s around right away, maybe you can rest your fingers (d) / thumb (g)!

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

I’m back from dinner

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:52 pm

It would be great to meet you sometime, somewhere, Mary. And I’d love to offer you Glenda-ish lessons, like I’ve done with Penny via skype and a webcam.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

Hope it was good, Lori-ann.

Comment by Avril

October 17, 2007 @ 6:08 pm

Howdy, all! I’m just dropping in for a quick hello in between work and work. Luckily, the work I’m doing today feels like play, so I don’t mind!

Roots, eh? Well, I only know as far back as my grandparents. Russian Jewish on my father’s side and Latvian Jewish on my mother’s side. My father’s parents emigrated to Canada in the early 1900s, and my mother’s family emigrated to South Africa around the same time. No doubt due to religious persecution.

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

I’m back… I was just calendaring my travel for a month (Feb 08) – I have a West Coast leg that includes Seattle, Anchorage, and LA – all in 5 days!

Absolutely crazy!

Comment by Mike DeWitt

October 17, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

Karla,

Speed walking! Can you believe it? Apparently the other Mike DeWitt is one of the leading coaches in the sport! LOL

Mike

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

Welcome Avril, great to see you here.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

Hmm, Mary, Vancouver is only a few hours from Seattle, on your way to Anchorage. Maybe we could arrange something.

Comment by Darrell

October 17, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

Hi Avril

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

Mike, Mom says her Grandpa did speedwalking in sand to strengthen his muscles, and he won a medal.

Comment by Avril

October 17, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

Hi guys!
Glenda, sounds like your trip to Smithers & surroundings was fantastic. I love the photo of you with the beautiful talking stick on your blog. You look so demure in the photo, though – and I know now that you’re anything but demure! heh, heh, heh.

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

Hey G&D, how close are you to Seattle?

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

;) You know me too well, Avril!

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

Sorry, didn’t see your comment before I sent the note (obviously) – yes, let’s see if we can figure a time/place to meet!

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

Mary,
There is a shuttle bus from Seattle airport to Vancouver that takes about 3 hours (depending on the boarder crossing)

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

Mary, about 3-4 hrs. I’m sure we could arrange something.

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

Awesome Mary, that would be great.

Comment by Avril

October 17, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

I’ve got to love you and leave you – I need to get back to work, otherwise I’ll still be at it at midnight. I had a mild panic attack last night thinking about everything I have to do and how little time there is to get it all done. Yeah, and isn’t it sad that I’m the only person in the world who feels like this? (joke)

Enjoy the rest of the cafe, and I’ll ’see’ you all next time!

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

Bye Avril!

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

Have a good evening, Avril. Take it one task at a time, and keep in mind that the world will continue revolving if you don’t finish everything tonight!

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:42 pm

This has definitely been an interesting conversation, using modern technology to talk about our history. Thank you, everyone!

Comment by Mary McD

October 17, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

Avril, just list everything out and cross them off – you’ll be fine. My favorite saying:

The best time to plant a tree — 30 years ago.
The second-best time — now.

Just keep plugging away and you’ll make slow and steady progress! Hugs to you!

Comment by Glenda

October 17, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

Found this thought-provoking quote:

History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.
~ Robert Penn Warren

Comment by Lori-ann

October 17, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

How very true!

Well, on that note I will say Good Night! See next time:)

Comment by Ange Recchia

October 17, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

Hi Glenda,

Sorry I got caught up with other projects and didn’t check my messages until now, so I missed this opportunity.

Looking forward to the next one :)

Comment by Angela

October 20, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

Are you over on the MomGadget forum? This is Angela.. can you let me know what your alias is over there? As a Gack Ink member I need to do something for you. My screen name is “angela” over there. Shoot me a PM, will ya?

Comment by Shaping Youth

October 24, 2007 @ 8:28 pm

Hi Glenda, can’t wait to clear some feature interview time to promote you on our blog…nice post/photos here, very visual medium. Reminds me of my daughter’s study of long houses and totem tribal traditions a few years back. As happenstance would have it, I ended up taking her to Stanley Park in Vancouver for a 3 day jaunt and she learned more there experientially than she did in 8 weeks of coverage on the ‘curriculum unit’ in school…sigh. We even got to meet a wood carver and such. 3 days vs. 8 weeks…hmn. Diff. learning styles for sure. Amazing to see how fast kids can engage given the right tools and/or energy level.

As for ‘where I’m from’ fascinating question…I call myself a ‘global citizen’ as I’ve pinged around hither & yon my whole life, but call Hawaii home in spirit.

Wish I were there around the cracklin’ fire to swap some stories…speaking of which, did you see my post on Shaping Youth about Beth Kanter’s fundraising effort for the Cambodian college students? In 24 hours=she raised $1K on Twitter! Awesome! Time for you to ‘tweet’ Glenda!!! You go girl! Inspiring use of media…keep in touch with us all…

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