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Goose Story

Goose Story

The story below tells of the strength and unity of the goose, all of which the CSTC represents in its work for the Carrier and Sekani people.

During times of migration we often see groups of geese flying along in a "V" formation as they travel south or north, depending on the season. By flying slightly above the bird in front they reduce wind resistance for themselves. As a group the whole flock is able to add a much greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. When people share a common direction and a sense of community, they can get where they are going easier and faster because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and resistance of trying to do it alone and quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. As a group we literally lift each other up.

By learning from the goose, we will stay in formation with those who are heading toward the same direction as us. When the lead goose gets tired, s/he rotates back into the wing and another goose flies point. It pays to take turns doing hard jobs - with people or geese, travelling to our destinations. The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. What do we say when we honk from behind?

Finally, it is easier to keep track of every bird in the group when in formation. Communication and coordination is easier for the group and so when a goose gets sick or is wounded by hunters and falls out, two other geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with their teammate until s/he is able to fly or s/he dies. They then launch on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group.

By adopting the sense of a goose we will support and stand by each other to reach our common goals.