Album artwork for The Land, The Water, The Sky by Black Belt Eagle Scout

This land runs through Katherine Paul’s blood. And it called to her. In dreams she saw the river, her ancestors, and her home. When the land calls, you listen. And KP found herself far from her ancestral lands during a time of collective trauma, when the world was wounded and in need of healing. In 2020 she made the journey from Portland back to the Skagit River, back to the cedar trees that stand tall and shrouded in fog, back to the tide flats and the mountains, back to Swinomish.



It is a powerful thing to return to our ancestral lands and often times the journey is not easy. Like the salmon through the currents, like the tide as it crawls to shore this is a story of return. It is the call and response. It is the outstretched arms of the people who came before, welcoming her home. The Land, The Water, The Sky is a celebration of lineage and strength. Even in its deepest moments of loneliness and grief, of frustration over a world wrought with colonial violence and pain, the songs remind us that if we slow down, if we listen to the waves and the wind through the trees, we will remember to breathe.


This is a story of hope, as it details the joy of returning. Katherine Paul’s journey home wasn’t made alone, and the songs are crowded with loved ones and relatives, like a really good party. And as the songs walk us through the land it is important we hover over the images and the beauty, the moments that mark this album as site specific. The power of this land is woven throughout, telling the story of narrow waterways, brush strokes, salmon stinta, and above all healing.

Black Belt Eagle Scout

The Land, The Water, The Sky

Saddle Creek
Album artwork for The Land, The Water, The Sky by Black Belt Eagle Scout
LP

$26.99

Black
Released 02/10/2023Catalog Number

LP-LBJ-339

Album artwork for The Land, The Water, The Sky by Black Belt Eagle Scout
Tape

$12.99

Released 02/10/2023Catalog Number

CS-LBJ-339

Album artwork for The Land, The Water, The Sky by Black Belt Eagle Scout
CD

$14.99

Released 02/10/2023Catalog Number

CD-LBJ-339

Black Belt Eagle Scout

The Land, The Water, The Sky

Saddle Creek
Album artwork for The Land, The Water, The Sky by Black Belt Eagle Scout
LP

$26.99

Black
Released 02/10/2023Catalog Number

LP-LBJ-339

Album artwork for The Land, The Water, The Sky by Black Belt Eagle Scout
Tape

$12.99

Released 02/10/2023Catalog Number

CS-LBJ-339

Album artwork for The Land, The Water, The Sky by Black Belt Eagle Scout
CD

$14.99

Released 02/10/2023Catalog Number

CD-LBJ-339

This land runs through Katherine Paul’s blood. And it called to her. In dreams she saw the river, her ancestors, and her home. When the land calls, you listen. And KP found herself far from her ancestral lands during a time of collective trauma, when the world was wounded and in need of healing. In 2020 she made the journey from Portland back to the Skagit River, back to the cedar trees that stand tall and shrouded in fog, back to the tide flats and the mountains, back to Swinomish.



It is a powerful thing to return to our ancestral lands and often times the journey is not easy. Like the salmon through the currents, like the tide as it crawls to shore this is a story of return. It is the call and response. It is the outstretched arms of the people who came before, welcoming her home. The Land, The Water, The Sky is a celebration of lineage and strength. Even in its deepest moments of loneliness and grief, of frustration over a world wrought with colonial violence and pain, the songs remind us that if we slow down, if we listen to the waves and the wind through the trees, we will remember to breathe.


This is a story of hope, as it details the joy of returning. Katherine Paul’s journey home wasn’t made alone, and the songs are crowded with loved ones and relatives, like a really good party. And as the songs walk us through the land it is important we hover over the images and the beauty, the moments that mark this album as site specific. The power of this land is woven throughout, telling the story of narrow waterways, brush strokes, salmon stinta, and above all healing.