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      We were received and treated
with every kind of civility and attention
        by the principals of this habitation
    who made us most hospitable offers,
but our difference in taste
    and idea of what is good and palatable
would not permit us to avail ourselves
         of this part of their kindness.
               However, we were very social.
says sociable Charles Clerke, having
left behind him in the house of his hosts
a deposit of tuberculosis bacilli,
an invisible but telling memento of this
first wave of European culture on this coast.
Achatla
What is your name?

Achatla'ha
What is his name?

Akassheha
What is the name of that?

Aka chatlu ha
What is this?

A'chichil
What does he say or what does he call it?

John Webber: longhouse interior detail. Click.

And what has this to do with poetry and eating and crying in the silence of our lonely night and making love and dying much against our wills? If these words of mine become words in your head and so connect our lives for a moment, this will be meaning. Correspondence is what we seek, shreds of similarity, understanding, compassion.

Engraving from John Webber sketch

From John Webber sketch.


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