From the top, people!

Dear Readers,

Before I can begin to tell you about the things I have done in the past year, I think it would be best if I should tell you a bit more about myself.

My name is Travis, and I am a First Nations of Canada, having grown up on a reservation in a small town in Northern BC. The peaceful little town I’m from is known as Hazelton. You can find it on a map somewhere in the middle of Highway 16, in between Prince Rupert and Prince George.

But, in this town is several different reservations, and the one I am from is called Hagwilget. Now, all across the Hazeltons, this land is home to the Gitksan Tribe of that area, my tribe.

529163_10151088842425318_286903192_nHagwilget, BC

This is the place where I grew up, my home, my native land. As much as I love to travel and see all the things in life that make you wonder, home is where the heart is. This place is what helped me discover my passion for photography, it’s where I fell in love for the first time, learned to ride a bike, had my birthday parties, and realized how important to keep the ones that you love in your heart wherever you go. Amazing things have taken place in this appearingly-so, quiet town.

The true, natural, beauty of British Columbia has not been exaggerated (for those of you that have never been). The land, the beautiful sunsets, and the native culture is so rich and powerful.

_MG_6336_37_38_39_40_tonemapped‘Ksan Historical Village, BC

Sometimes, it’s hard to leave this place, when the call of home is so tempting. You think of all the reasons that you left, but it doesn’t matter. Home is where your family is, your friends, it’s a place where the people accept you. Having done a lot of traveling, I know that home will always be a place to come back to.

Soon enough, I’ll be back home for another visit. I usually do so when about to start another adventure. I think it’s just something to remind myself where it is that I come from, about who I was before all this, how much I’ve changed in the past few years and how I’ll keep changing. It’s a beautiful feeling.

Now, I’ll leave this post here, and continue on tomorrow.

Another day, another story.

–Travis Simms

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