Ca?ak (The River)

Ca?ak (The River) Photo

On the trail leading up to the river the forest floor is damp and rich with nutrients, making it one of the best locations on the trail to harvest berries and other medicinal plants that require moisture to grow. After the emergency shelter, the trail leads down to the ‘low-tide shortcut’, where, if the weather and tide is right, you can cross the river and save between 30 minutes to an hour by not walking to the bridge. The river mouth is very fecund with life, as a mix of both fresh water and saltwater species are able to live here. This attracts many predators to this area because it is high in biodiversity and therefore rich in food. Across the river is one of the few Osprey nests along the trail (the other is above the trail head on the beach at Tl’ihtl’aa). If you are ever in need of an emergency boat pick-up the rocks on the west side of the river are a good spot.

Activity: Biography of a Rock

The purpose of this activity is to evoke the creativity and storyteller within each person and the group. It is a great exercise to do in the early days of a wilderness trip as it ignites peoples attention to detail and the curiosity of their imaginations. It is a wonderful icebreaker to bring out the interior aspects of people that sometimes do not come out often or easily. It is a fun exercise that should not be taken too seriously, but does require consideration and attention from each participant.

Ask every member of your group to take five minutes to select a rock that calls to them. Once each group member has chosen, ask that they reconvene and listen to your directions. Tell the group that they will have 20 minutes to sit and consider the story of their rock. They can take a geological approach, a spiritual approach or a humorous approach, whatever the rock inspires. Ask that they consider questions like: where did the rock first come from and how it was created? Why does it have the shape, color and texture that it does? How did the rock come to be on shore of this river on Flores Island? What is the rocks name? If the rock could share a story or a message what would it be? If you are with your group overnight it is a nice idea to have each person share the story of their rock either over dinner or over the campfire (in which case, allow participants to make notes if they wish, because it is important they remember the stories of their rocks).

Cultural History