Teacher’s Convention this year was inspiring. For one thing, I was privileged to meet Karsten Heuer who exemplifies, for me, someone who truly LIVES a connection with nature, along with his wife, Leanne Allison and his son, Zev. Through a vast landscape that straddles the northern Yukon and Alaska, Karsten and Leanne joined a migratory herd of 123,000 caribou on a five month journey. I purchased the film Being Caribou for our school some years ago and shared it with many students over the years. I sat in the dimly lit theater, viewing powerful images and listening to Karsten’s story of landscape and found myself in tears more than once. Once concluded, I brought my own copy of the book, Being Caribou, forward for Karsten’s signing.
I left one of my postcards for him to share with his son, Zev.
Although the time we shared was fleeting, I felt a deep connection for Karsten’s work and for his passion. It was a very special moment.