Separated from his pod at two,
He danced on waves in the moonlight,
Awakening many slumbering minds to the plight of whales,
uniting people in action
to protect what is precious – the fragile balance that tips so easily,
spilling out its contents into the ever-expanding universe.
In one instant he was gone.
*The captain of The General Jackson shook Chief Mike Maquinna’s hand in silence
as the Mowachaht / Muchalaht Nation gathered,
singing Chief Ambrose Maquinna’s paddle song one last time for Tsu’xiit.
September 19, 1999 - March 10, 2016
by Patrycja Williams