Against a backdrop of the magnificent natural beauty of the Northwest, Sharon has learned about the richness and drama deeply woven into the daily lives of these native peoples who consider their land and territory as part of their community. As she explains: Northwest Coast native people focus on transformational beings as their ancestors. These beings illuminate their origins, links to families living today, and vital narratives about the connectedness between the land and the people. Through the pageantry of celebration and dance, native peoples of the Northwest Coast recreate the spirit-filled world and the encounters their ancestors had with the supernatural.
And through Sharon, we were carried to understanding, as the Kwakwaka’wakw filled the Lindblad West Village office with drumming, dance—and the ineffable.