This week’s essay is about the bald eagle. In it I tell the story of my first close encounter with the cabin eagles and the manne rin which it humbled and amazed me. Many non-native people have often said of the eagle, “If I had a spirit animal…” If you’ve said that about the eagle or any other animal (or non animal). Please don’t ever do that again. First off, it is not a term widely used in indigenous cultures. It takes the sacred concept of connection and reverence for nature and makes it a catchphrase. And if used by an indigenous culture, it is then cultural appropriation. Be awed. Be humbled. Be amazed. I hope you are. But then speak of that.