In my discipline, we often talk about the unique connection that American Indians have to their lands. And I think that's right.
But on days like today, as we prepare to depart and return to the regular business of busy and hectic lives, I wonder if we're only discussing half of the issue in the relationship between native peoples and their lands.
For my view, any attachment to place has to be coupled with the family/friends/loved ones who are there. Without relationship, a place is just a place. Land is just land.
But when one adds in family, and friends, and loved ones, and multiplies this across the generations, an attachment to lands makes a lot more sense.
In a way, we call this attachment, "home." And leaving home is always a hard thing to do.