Continuing south through British Columbia, National Geographic Sea Bird transited Queen Charlotte Sound overnight to arrive at Alert Bay, Cormorant Island. Initially built as a fishing community, the town is presently home to most of the ‘Namgis tribe, Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations. Our visit began in the community’s 1,000-person-capacity Big House adjacent to the world’s tallest totem pole. Among carved figures of whales, eagles, and bears, with wood fire smoke drifting skyward, dancers of all ages—from toddlers to elders—shared traditional potlatch songs and stories. In First Nations culture, it was not how much a person had that defined their status and wealth, but rather how much they gave away. We were truly honored to receive the gift of this experience and ensuing conversations with children and dancers.