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MG_7694 A Flute Song for Mama, the Klamath River

This is a beautiful tribute written by my friend, Mihael Kavanaugh (pictured), in a farewell poem he wrote for  Mama.   Mihael played the flute to Mama on two occasions while canoeing on the Klamath River, one of which I was honored to accompany him on the canoe.

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_MG_9647 A Flute Song for Mama, The Klamath River Whale

Mihael Kavanaugh

Peaceful Rest

She has laid down to rest
Her journey home now complete
Her story known by many
Her message, a mystery …
A sigh of sadness
For she touched many a heart

Her dance
Was with such grace
The mist of her spout
Still refreshes my face
Such a friend …
One can’t replace
Though in story and song
She’ll echo her grace
Mama whale ~~~
Peace be with you …
As you go
From this worldly place

©2011 Mihael Kavanaugh

_MG_9483 Yurok Indian Tribe Members Drumming and Singing for Mama

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_MG_9490 Yurok Indian Tribe Members Drumming and Singing to Mama

 

 

 

 

 

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MG_8404c Stand Up Paddler Bids Farewell to Mama, The Klamath River Whale

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_MG_0163A A Ukelele Song for Mama, The Klamath River Whale

Seth Altamus, a stand-up paddler, had hopes Mama would follow him out to the ocean.  She followed him to the Klamath River RV Park, a short way from the bridge, but then she turned and swam back to her spot by the bridge and continued her circles.    Here Seth is waving a bittersweet farewell to Mama when he realized she did not want to leave.   In the other image, he was serenading her with his ukelele from his paddle board.

All of the above images were what I would term a “holistic” approach in an attempt to soothe Mama or an attempt to convince her to head back to the ocean.  Music has the capability to touch all beings, but Mama had her own path to follow, a reason for which we do not know, and she seemed content to stay near the bridge and make her continual circles mesmerizing all who watched this beautiful creature.

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Comments on: "A Tribute Through Music and Poem To Mama, The Klamath River Whale. August 22, 2011" (3)

  1. Iqbal Singh said:

    Okay, I have no words. U know man when I read out the news in paper, Ibegan to search u on net…..my feeling…….

  2. Leslie Hancock said:

    I wrote something about mama too:

    I heard about you and I really wanted to meet you.
    As luck would have it, our paths crossed on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon in August.
    I watched you swim for almost an hour and fell in love with you.
    I didn’t want to leave but it was time to go on my own journey home.
    Now you are gone and I am left with a beautiful memory.
    Thanks for sharing yourself and spending time with us far from your home.
    You will be missed and never ever forgotten.

  3. Joan Book said:

    What a beautiful journal of love, Ashala. I am so sorry for your loss. It is such a blessing that you had this wonderful opportunity to get to know and love Mama. You may be right that it may never be known why she wouldn’t leave the Klamouth. She sure did touch a lot of hearts and leave so many with some awesome memories. Love you.

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