Indigenous Cultural Dynamics

Reclaiming Land and Marine Life


  • Harneet Dhindsa


The Kinder Morgan Pipeline is a travesty of colonialism on unceded traditional territories of the Indigenous communities. Colonialism has adopted forms of violence against Indigenous rights to land, culture, and food security. Resistance and resurgence are two themes in Tawahum Bige’s poem that confront colonialism, the power of unity tackles injustices to Indigenous communities. The battle is not only the physical pipeline running through Indigenous land, but also the societal traditions that are heavily impacted. Salmon continues to play a leading role in Indigenous ceremonies and diet; however, the threat of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline hinders their ability to have accessibility to fresh Salmon. This poem analysis demonstrates the impact of colonialism on Indigenous land and marine life.