Blindsided 162

“In 1897 and again in 1910,  Danish pioneers arrived at Hansen Lagoon to settle, raise crops and fish. After several years of hardship, they were forced by the elements of nature to give up their struggles and leave.”

“Today, little remains of the Danish settlement except the names – Nels Bight, Hansen Lagoon, Frederiksen Point.”

“Thanks to those same unrelenting forces of nature, there are only a few fragile buildings and other man-made relics left.  Some historic trails still exist, but they aren’t well defined and only  accessible by boat or major river estuaries, so we won’t see any of those on this trip.  But one day, I’d sure like to,” she spoke longingly.

“Before those settlers, three native peoples – the Tlatlasikwala, Nakumgilisala and Yutlinuk – shared the Cape Scott area prior to white settlement.”

“The Yutlinuk of the Cape Scott Islands, died out in the early 1800s. The Nakumgilisala and Tlatasikwala amalgamated in the mid 1850’s and moved to Hope Island and remained until 1954. By then only 32 remained and they joined with the Koskimo people and moved south to Quatsino Sound. Today they are known collectively as the Nahwitti, with six reserves.”

“I only hope I’m doing justice to the pronunciation,” she added with an apologetic shrug of her shoulders.

“Hell I couldn’t have said it half as well as you did,” Craig chided.  “Your miles ahead of me.  Nyuk, Nyuk.”

“Bet you never thought you’d have the opportunity to do any hiking on the job, hey Myerson?”  Craig needled.

“Nope, it’s an unexpected delight.  I won’t need to work out now.  Nice change from bar bells,” he laughed.

“I’m with you there!” Craig agreed.

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