Facts are only the random detritus of our lives until they are connected by story. Stories, to paraphrase Robert Kroetsch, make us real. If there is anything like truth accessible to us in the world, it must be through the ways we tell of ourselves to each other.
Tomson Highway’s Comparing Mythologies (2003)
When asked about fishing, my uncle Gordon Robinson said: “The most important fishing operation for the Haisla’s was oolichan fishing….From reading a white man’s history, you get the impression that the Indians were continually at war. That is a false impression. There was a lot of trade, you lived by trade and you couldn’t trade with your enemy.”
Eden Robinson’s The Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols & Modern Storytelling (2011)