David Tripp on "Land Back"

“My thoughts on Land Back:

I have been working on getting land in our Karuk ancestral territory to live on since my family used to visit my ‘Gram’, my mother’s mother. Waking up in the early morning and hearing Ike’s Falls, on the Klamath River, and smelling fried potatoes cooking downstairs…need I say more?

In my smugness, I can clearly envision myself proudly proclaiming that ‘I could take you to the very spot on this Earth where I am from. Where my Mother was born, my grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great-Grandmother were born.’

THE LAND, THE EMPTINESS RINGS INSIDE OF ME
THE LAND…
THE LAND WILL FOREVER BE A PART OF ME
THE LAND, THE LACK OF IT
WILL ALWAYS RING EMPTINESS INSIDE OF ME
THE LAND…

Without land I am robbed of strength and dignity. In my smugness, I choose not to think about it…”

-David Tripp, Karuk