They own the land.
They own the water.
They own the air.
They own the trees.
They own the plants.
They own the berries.
They own the flowers.
They own the creeks.
They own the lakes.
They own the mountains.
They own the islands.
They own the oceans.
They own the beaches.
They own the hills.
They own the willows.
They own the valleys.
They own the rivers.
They own the bluffs.
They own the canyons.
They own the rocks.
They own the rainbows.
They own the Northern Lights.
They own the snow.
They own the moon.
We own nothing.


by Allan Benjamin “CHIH AHAA” from Old Crow
When I was a kid, this Elder gave me a Gwich’in name, “CHIH AHAA”.
Translated, it means “walking ahead.”