Walrus magazine

I came across a rather fine piece of writing on exploration in a Canadian journal called Walrus recently, and now that it is the summer I have the chance to revisit it, and finish this blog post.
It's written by Kate Harris, and has some excellent illustrations by Wenting Li.

Kate talks about exploration in the age of Google Earth and Google Maps.

The end of all our exploring, then, is not knowledge but kinship—a deepened sense of connection to the planet and to each other.

Old men ought to be explorers

Here and there does not matter
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion.

T.S. Eliot

There was also a related piece that I came across when following some links from the original article. This described some issues that Inuit were having exploring familiar landscapes which were being utterly changed by climate change.
The indigenous peoples have already, in many areas, been 'granted' some land, which was theirs to begin with of course, with the creation of territories such as Nunavut, and other Aboriginal lands in Australia being handed back. There is plenty of work still to do here....