Author Archives: Karin Cope

About Karin Cope

Karin Cope lives on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. She is a poet, sailor, photographer, scholar, rural activist, blogger and an Associate Professor at NSCAD University. Her publications include Passionate Collaborations: Learning to Live with Gertrude Stein, a poetry collection entitled What we're doing to stay afloat, and, since 2009, a photo/poetry blog entitled Visible Poetry: Aesthetic Acts in Progress. Over the course of the last decade, with her partner and collaborator Marike Finlay, Cope has sailed to and conducted fieldwork in a number of remote or marginal coastal communities in British Columbia and Mexico. Their joint writings range from activist journalism and travel and policy documents, to an illustrated popular material history of the Lunenburg Foundry entitled Casting a Legend, as well as their ongoing west coast travel blog, West By East.

Searching for Pictographs (Dinghy Anthropology)

We admit it, we like to make fun of the way several Europeans we know carry out anthropological investigations.  (No names will be mentioned.) They seem to believe that they are immersing themselves in the history of First Nations’ cultures … Continue reading

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“Islands in front” (Memqumlis) or Mamalilaculla

30 June 2012 Our visit to the relics at Mamalilaculla, on Village Island, was preceded by many stories about the abandoned village, once the main winter community for the Mamaleleqala-qweqwa sot’enox people,  a branch of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation.  Abandoned … Continue reading

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Potts Lagoon

28-30 June 2012 Potts Lagoon is a still surviving although not exactly thriving float home community anchored in a narrow cove on West Cracroft Island near the outlet of a lagoon. Named after Murray Clarke Potts, an Ontario student of … Continue reading

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Forest Products and Fish Food

27 June 2012 (Log) When we woke the world was bathed in a grey wash–pale sky, steely water, grey green hills, granite cliffs.  We raised the anchor and slipped out of Forward Harbour and into the Sunderland Channel.  We motored  … Continue reading

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How to Stop an Eagle from Drowning

1 July 2012 It was Canada Day, and we were convoy sailing with Kalagan, across Knight Inlet, when Rick called us on the radio: “Do you see what I see off to port?  I don’t know what we can do … Continue reading

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Fishing Lessons I

(June 2012) The entire time that Quoddy’s Run plied the coastal waters of Central America and Mexico, we refused to fish.  The skipper did not want fish blood and guts all over the deck, and we all thought it better … Continue reading

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Running the Yaculta Rapids North (Our turn)

26 June 2012 Dwelling on a challenge without actually meeting it can make it all the more fearsome. Once we waited for weeks before crossing the Tehuantepec in Mexico, a gulf of justifiably redoubtable reputation for winds, until the prospect … Continue reading

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Running Rapids North (The Historical Record)

The first published account of the challenging rapids awaiting any sailor or paddler headed north of Desolation Sound appears in an 18th century Spanish document, the English title of which is A Spanish Voyage to Vancouver and the North-West Coast … Continue reading

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Skinny dipping in Teakerne Arm

  24 June 2012 Near the bottom of a deep Cove which obtained the name of Cascade Cove about a mile & a half to the North East of the Ship there was a beautifull Waterfall which issued from a … Continue reading

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Life and Death, Flaming Passage

21 June 2012 It was the longest day of the year.  We were blessed with sunshine, water warm enough for a swim and the pleasure of a lazy row down the inlet past natural arbutus gardens—the great savour of life. … Continue reading

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