By Skip Ross:
I have a spirit name, a name that bonds me to the free flowing river that passes by my door. I was born on the very banks of this river. Like my ancestors before me, I know the ways of this river as it flows freely. I know the sturgeon and the catfish. And I am old enough to remember when the eels were plentiful. So I have good credentials to say what I am going to say to you. My personal identity and the identity of my people are tethered to this free flowing river. The sound of the rapids is the united voice of All My Relations.