COVID-19 claims life of Haida elder and storyteller, but his teachings live on – CBC

COVID-19 claims life of Haida elder and storyteller, but his teachings live on – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 8, 202143 Views

Alaska-born Woody Morrison spent years travelling North America before settling in Vancouver

Mar 08, 2021

Woodrow Morrison Jr. spent the bulk of his life making friends, cracking jokes and telling stories — even when he was a patient inside the COVID-19 unit of Vancouver General Hospital.

“At one point, one of the nurses was rushing around, just a little overwhelmed, and he stopped her and he said, ‘Don’t take it all so seriously. Relax,'” Morrison’s daughter Erika Swanson recalled.

“Here he is in the ICU, really sick, and he’s trying to comfort her. That’s the kind of person he is.”

If you ask friends and family, it’s that kindness and sensibility that drew people to Morrison, an Indigenous Haida elder who was long referred to by both loved ones and acquaintances as Uncle Woody.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/covid-claims-life-haida-elder-1.5936690

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