Sacred Smoking? Cigarette Breaks and Spiritual Health

The fourth-floor terrace at St Paul’s Hospital is an interesting place that can act as metaphor for the setting of downtown Vancouver itself. It is a space of absolute natural beauty and yet also a space filled with the mundane, sometimes uncomfortable realities of life. In this space, and in the moments of connection that … Continue reading “Sacred Smoking? Cigarette Breaks and Spiritual Health”

Building Rapport

I recently finished a week of immersive fieldwork at our research sites in Vancouver. I parachuted in for the week, and just as I was getting comfortable, parachuted right back out. Although my visit was short, the ethnographic experiences were rich and provided me with much food for thought about the fieldwork process itself. I would … Continue reading “Building Rapport”