INWNN Episode 9 Columbia River Canoe Journey, Salmon Ceremony and Artist Chad Yellowjohn



[Applause] welcome back youtubers this is Inland Northwest native news and it's a great day to be indigenous my name is Jeff Ferguson I'm your host and we've got episode 9 for you we got highlights coming from the canoe journey going all the way up to Kettle Falls from the drop in point down at Grand Coulee we've got highlights from the ceremony the salmon ceremony up there and we got interviews with Chad yellow John canoe skipper Nathan Pinkham we've also got an interview with Elizabeth Johnstone another Spokane tribal member who I believe is on her third year we've got an interview with Spokane tribal youth Sadie Hill and Dr Michelle from upper Columbia United tribe and he's got an update for us on the salmon restoration project that you Kutz been working on on the upper Columbia so stick around we've got a ton of announcements we got great events coming up all throughout Indian country once again thank you for joining us if you haven't been here before you'd like to keep up with us be sure to click on the red subscribe button down to the right-hand corner of your screen there'll be a bell that comes that pops up after that just click on that bell and you'll be notified on every new episode that we got going up we got about one coming up once a week now the next episode will be all native teams down at hoop fest downtown Spokane we've also got an interview from Chad yellow John Spokane tribal member fresh back from school in Santa Fe a we get to look at some of his newest pieces that he's got going on and he's gonna talk to us a little bit about his work in his motivation kind of how he got started but stick around you guys that'll be something definitely to check out moving right along we have a ton of announcements and I'm just got a couple stories here real quick that I'm going to cover congratulations to joy Harjo she's the first Native American woman to become the US poet laureate so congratulations to her joy Harjo the acclaimed poet writer and musician from Muscogee Creek Nation has been named the next US poet laureate she is the first indigenous woman to hold the title succeeding Tracy K Smith as the country's 23rd poet look as the country's 23rd poet Laurette consultant in poetry the official title the news was confirmed today by librarian of Congress Carla Hayden so again congratulations to joy Harjo moving right along from the Billings Gazette on June 19th Senate panel focuses on missing slain indigenous women lawmakers pressed the Trump administration on Wednesday to respond with urgency in addressing violence against Native American women and children after they say two officials right arrived at a key US Senate hearing unprepared to take concrete positions on a slate of legislation the US State Committee on Indian Affairs held the hearing in Washington to review five bipartisan measures aimed at tackling domestic violence homicides and disappearance on tribal lands what a great movement in the right direction for the missing and murdered indigenous men and women of this country so that's really good to hear again all the links in the comment section below I'm just going to touch on these briefly because we have so many announcements this week on the Colville arrests congratulations to all the graduates up there there's a graduate recognition ceremony up in intial M Thursday 25th of July at 6:00 p.m. at the insolent community center all right public meaning June 26th at the Lucy Covington Government Center auditorium at miss Pelham the environmental trust Department will host our annual public meeting on Wednesday June 26th to present the site record the site record is a list of sites where hazardous waste cleanup occurred in 2018 or is expected to be worked on in 2019 using 128 a tribal response program EPA grant funds the public is invited to provide comments ask questions and receive information on accessing the environmental trust response program information repository this year's site records will include information on the following sites former Omak Colville Indian pine and veneer former insulin wood treatment plant summit lake off highway 155 and Omak and Colville tribe resident fish hatchery in Bridgeport Washington so be sure to check that out coming up July 4th and 5th 1 to 7 p.m. for first Friday that tip to twitted gallery at 3:12 spoken way and Grand Coulee Washington is hosting an art show so be sure to check that out also at the same gallery August 31st the fifth annual Art Show will be held and hosted by the N and F then Northwest Native Development Fund that'll be Saturday August 31st from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. so if you're out there at the end of August be sure to check that out another event for the ntf coming up preparing your financials they've got a couple different workshops they're doing the first one is Saturday August 17th at 9:00 a.m. the second one is Sunday August 18th at 9 9 a.m. and they're gonna be held at the ntf office at 504 first Street in Coulee Dam Washington again preparing your financials so if you're in the air you want to want to check out some information that they have offering on your financials be sure to check that out Indian entrepreneurship coming up on July 27th it's all Mac Indian entrepreneurship so they have the 27th 28th and August 3rd this will be at the OU this will be the at twelve tribes Resort and Casino in Omak again I'll leave the links to these in the description section below be sure to check them out that's in in the updo and all sorts of cool stuff over on the Colville res so if you're interested in fiber optic classes be sure to contact the Terra office at 6:34 27:16 they're looking for people interested in learning fiber optics July 9th through the 12th on the Blackfeet red is a 4h Fair everyone's welcome this will be Tuesday July 9th the 10th 11th and 12th they have 4-h fair and this will be in browning Montana so if you're interested again I'll leave the I'll leave the links in the description below moving right along on the Blackfeet reading a Blackfeet legal series a workshop so this this one is a whole bunch of series so the first ones were the Marshall trilogy found foundation of federal Indian law and policy was June 17th and the 19th knowing your rights is the 24th and 26th the ones that are upcoming are the allotment Act of 1887 that will be July 1st the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 is my second the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 is July 3rd raising resolution is July 16th the Blackfeet water compact is July 22nd and contemporary legal issues is July 29th man what a great series if you want it if you want to brush up on on your your rights you want to know what's relevant to the Blackfeet you want to check that out this is out at Black Peak Community College if you want to learn more you can contact them or you can click on the link again it'll be in the comment section or the description section below so moving right along I've got a whole list of the was the it's the relay race schedule June 29th and 30th the Sioux Nation challenge Fort Pierre South Dakota and we got a July 12th North American Indian days in browning Montana July 26th and 27th Eastern Shoshone relay at Fort Huachuca Wyoming August 4th is Phillip County Fair and Dodson Montana August 3rd and 4th is Oglala run with the Warriors at Pine Ridge August 10th and 11th is a hundred and tenth faith Stock Show and Rodeo at Faith South Dakota August 9th and 10th is the Weber County Fair in Ogden Utah August 16th through the 18th crow fair at Crow Agency in Montana August 24th of their 25th is NCW District Fair in Waterville Washington September 8th okanagan County Fair and Omak Washington and September 13th to the 15th Pendleton roundup in Pendleton Oregon and September 20th to the 22nd championship of Champions in Walla Walla Washington these are all accredited races and this is the 2019 Tour of Champions Indian relay races so those are all coming up what an exciting summer we got all sorts of things coming along moving right along into the bball realm so as you all know this coming weekend in Spokane is who best again will be out there shooting all the native teams that are going to be cruising around downtown playing a little bball gonna go out and check it out we got Spokane travel remember Robert Lippmann and his team is going for the men's elite six feet and / championship this will be a three-peat I don't know that anybody's ever done a three-peat for the championships yet hoop fest so but this will be their third year back-to-back so if you're in the neighborhood you want to check them out be sure to cruise by and give him a hoop and holler I know last year we had over a hundred Native teams registered for hoop fest it was gonna be real exciting this year and if you send me your up send me your hoop fest team name either in the comment section below or message me I'll be sure to come by maybe talk to you guys a little bit about how you're doing check out some of your moves moving right along into bball Grell we got 2019 three-on-three summer schedule we have the 9th annual Big Fork battle in the bay July 6th at big fort High School the 24th annual Ronin pioneer days 3 on 3 August 3rd at Ronin High School want more information again check out the description section below or you can go to Mission Valley three-on-three comm or you can find them on Facebook moving right along more bball glacier Peaks summer jam 3 on 3 Saturday August 3rd 9 a.m. games start grade 6 7 8 9 10 11 and 12 boys and girls division Museum of the Plains Indians parking lot so if you're in the area of browning be sure to check that out and golf we have the 2019 free use golf camp at Silver Fox golf course at Salish Kootenai College July 15 16th and 17th we have two categories ages 7 to 10 they'll be going from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and ages 11 to 14 1:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon you can call a 6 7 5 putt that's 6 7 5 7 8 8 8 or you can be sure to check out the link in the description section below build tech skills for your future 2019 Native youth tech camp July 8th through the twelfth Boys and Girls Club in Ronan be sure to check that out we'll have creative design thinking media design and editing data and mountain data analytics and cybersecurity coding and new technologies applications for social environmental solutions career and educational opportunities come join the fun register now again be sure to check it out in the description section below moving right along the powwow is 121st arleigh celebration in 2019 through my 2nd to the 7th at our lee montana they have a no-contest drum register for contests online at our Lee powwow com there's camp Day on July 2nd there's a memorial feed on the 3rd on July 4th they'll have a snake dance at 2:00 p.m. on July 5th grand entry at 2:00 p.m. contests in all categories break at 5:30 second session starts at 7:00 registration 11 p.m. closes for dance and singing singing contests there will be singing contests with cash prizes again that's our Lee's 120 first celebration our Lee Montana moving right along Blackfeet manpower one-stop Center presents veterans fourth of July powwow Wednesday July 3rd and 4th at chewing black bones campground $5 a car at the gate BYOC bring your own chairs over $24,000 and payouts huge fireworks display at the end of the day largest one-day event of this summer no drugs or alcohol and family-friendly public events moving right along North American Indian days this is July 11th to the 14th again on the Blackfeet rez d'lai 11th through the 14th it is in browning Montana they have first place drum contest $15,000 holy cow $15,000 second place is 12 third place is $8,000 fourth place is $4,000 in a handgun hadn't game $20,000 pay off holy cow there's big bucks at the Blackfeet nation North American Indian days July 11th through the 14th is 168 annual be sure to check that one out and last but very not least Elmo's coming up 46th annual Elmo's standing arrow powwow July 19th to the 21st host drums chief clip war dance chief is Wilbert buckskin arena director aj mcdonald there's a dance contest $30,000 $30,000 plus total dance payout drum contest is $10,000 4,000 for first 3,000 per second third place is $2,000 and $1,000 for fourth there's a golden age men's and women's miss Kootenai and little Kootenai warrior there will also be a co-ed soft all tournament so be sure to check that out again on the Flathead register Elmo so that's our power announcements you know moving right along I just want to say this last this last year's salmon ceremony was something else to see if you haven't been out there it was so exciting it was a great opportunity for for everybody you know for a lot of people in Indian country and my experience that grew up off the reservation they are so disconnected from their their culture it's events like this that allow everybody to come together they had they had kids they had elders out on the canoes it was one of the neatest things they had someone I think the youngest one out there was maybe a year and a half old out there canoeing around and we had some of the elders out there we had some elders come down from from British Columbia that were singing we had tribes from all through upper Columbia out there doing it just people from everywhere is really it was a really a fun event you know they gave out these wonderful t-shirts to everybody that was really neat I was fortunate enough to find a one of these necklaces that they strung up that they rolled up in the t-shirt so kind of a bonus event they had some deer meat they were serving out there along with a nice salmon lunch they had 50 sturgeon that they gave out to be released into the Columbia right there alive little baby sturgeons they had kids out there doing that man that was great it's something else to see those guys come in you know they they spend the whole week out there they dropped in this year at just above Grand Coulee and they made it all the way up to Kettle Falls that had people coming down from from British Columbia First Nations just a great time the weather couldn't have been better you know Paul and all the it's neat to see them you know when they come in like that and then everybody gets together and pulls those big canoes out of the water a really a feeling of solidarity another great day to be indigenous it's it's events like this that really keep me going and and and I think for you it's a great opportunity to get out and if you're not familiar with the tribes in this area if you're not familiar with the culture get out there that everybody's always welcome they're always asking people to get in the canoes and check them out I know Sean Brigman was out there had some of his sturgeon nose canoes and he's happy to talk to you about them and I talked to you about the history you know a great stir canoe builder there's several great canoe builders out there there was some great dugout canoes that wood that were built that you know all the big canoes were all dugouts there's also a big fiberglass one that they had that ore was special for the kids you know not not quite as tipsy so it was great to get them out there great to see everybody good food good times good songs and we were just honored we had some great music some of the British Columbia elders were up there singing on the big drum and and was able to capture some of that so be sure to check that out once again if you haven't checked this out I like to thank you for joining us if you have been with us every time thank you once again for joining us this is our ninth episode our 10th one's coming up there's so many more cool things to check out this this season in our little section of Indian country in the Inland Northwest it's truly an honor to be here yep you happen about all this stuff you know there's so many great dancers out there great singers we've got a lot of great artists that will be doing interviews with in this episode as I mentioned I'll be featuring a interview that I did with Chad yellow John you know he's got some great work he doesn't do in his native American twist on on pop art it's a pretty cool stuff be sure to check that out there'll be links to chat in the description section below we'll also have a commentary like I said with the are Michelle and he's going to be updating us on the status of the the movement to bring the salmon back to the upper Columbia you know getting them beyond chief Jo and getting him beyond Grand Coulee has been it's been quite quite the endeavor and they're making strides you know they've already moved past the first phase and moving into the second phase and dr's going to talk to us a little bit about that and we're gonna get some commentary from from Sadie Hill Spokane tribal youth give us some perspective what it's like to be out on the water what it means to her you know it's really important for ru to get out there and and learn some of the culture learn some of the things that may have skipped a generation it's really an exciting time for our kids to be here in this country and again another great day to be indigenous so thank you for once again for joining us so enough said let's get to those highlights and let's get to that interview John all right thank you once again for joining us you look great you got you got you oh this is just every day oh this is they call a boozy native nose like right when I pulled in my ready fire pole and I was like oh yeah where's my vest where's my vest tonight I was like slowly driving up to your cars okay all right hey how's it going here yeah no I think it's I think it's exciting time to be for me I think it's exciting to time to be indigenous we've had so many really cool things we are here with in the Northwest Native News we're here with Chad yellow John Chad is in town is an honor he's been going to school down a Santa Fe ia ia and just refining some amazing skills that he's developed over the years and I just I think I it's I'm honored to have the opportunity to do this interview with you I watch your work I admire your work I I every time I get a chance I like to see it I want to collect more I have a piece down here that I was going to try to get you to sign maybe we'll get to that a little a little bit but tell me a little bit about what you've been doing what we are you're in town what brings you to town um well first thing I can't thank you for having me oh yeah and it's always nice to have people invite me into their home's and show me all this amazing artwork what brought me in was my nephew's graduation I was just crazy yeah you know now I feel old like uncle it's almost funny yeah um but yeah I just wanted to visit family for for some time I haven't seen them since a Christmas time I seen my mom since Christmas so so yeah I've been that I just graduate of my cinematic arts degree and my studio arts minor oh yeah so it's pretty nice I got to get hands-on with like sculpture I gotta I got to weld I got to you know do plaster do some wiring and it was a pretty fun semester you know I got to figure out my other abilities with art or such as statues and so yeah so you talk you say Cinematic Arts degree yeah can you talk a little bit about that what's entailed with that um Cinematic Arts degree mmm we got the like the opportunity to direct our own movies take cinematic art classes like such as like watch old movies and how they were able to capture a person's emotions and I've learned that you know like you know when we go to movies we go there to not just escape the real world but to also to feel an emotion like we feel to get inspired or scared or get there to feel sad or we want to fill in love you know and but ya know I got to make pi like three three films one got into the Santa Fe Film Festival and that was a called batter up and that was like one of my like we did it it was like we had to do a film in my directing class in three hours and I made a Sambi film and it's about two brothers who are forced to say goodbye in a zombie apocalyptic world and so one was bitten the older brother was bitten and zombies I'll try to get it are trying to get into this cabin that the two brothers are trapped in and he shot the older brother struggles with by trying to get to try to talk to brother up you know to face this world alone or if he doesn't he can either stay in the cabin and feed on his own brother or stay in the cabin and leave his brother to know that he's gonna be alright to chase off the zombies huh Wow that's quite the plot yeah alright they had fun making it ya know I had lots of fun you know like zombies and I gotta take like a picture that made me look like you know like like the Thriller album oh that's cool you know there's a lot to it you know when you get down to try to appreciate what what happens in the theatres it's it's a lot harder than it looks and it can take a lot of time I know that you uh I kind of think that there's a there's a real good movement now we have a lot of opportunity in Indian country to start producing film you know the cost of productions come down quite a bit the technology has allowed us to do higher resolution higher quality imagery I've seen a lot of different indigenous films that were made by finding people and they man they some of those films I have seen are just as good as anything I've ever seen and it's really amazing it's inspiring to be able to see that and I think that I offering that that is really really cool the reason why I like being in tena phase because it's it's very hard to you know be a independent artist up here because I feel like my art has been more value down there and a lot of people can relate to it and it's actually like a lot of like warm my heart actually came from mmm was being down south and being on my own and able to see the world from a different view you know such as like I was never really I never considered myself being a political artist and some of the art my like three pieces I've done four pieces I've done had a basin around like Standing Rock and in response to Trump and I haven't sold I haven't had a boost up here for for quite a while so it'll be pretty nice and you know be able to introduce you to everybody that the the new Chad you know there's a new chat like okay you know new mediums and some new art so it'll be pretty fun it's kinda like you know my comeback in the 509 yeah yeah so are you are you are you are you moving back here yeah I don't really have any plans to move back because I I've noticed that you know my motivation as an artist strides when I'm away from home you know because uh you know we have my brothers and I you know my motivation has gone I don't know like I just feel like being away from home motivates me to do better for myself you know cuz i I I see myself getting lazy here and which is bad and I think that's why I need to be away from home because you know yeah just getting out I I know I hear you man I left when I was like 22 23 years old I let's book an eye was gone for a long time yeah and I was motivated the whole time and I totally hear you man I know exactly what you're talking about so um you brought some work and I I really that was what I wanted to talk about but before we get into that you had already mentioned this piece I got from you this was gifted to me and I want to see if we can talk a little bit about this one um I'm hoping we can do it without too much glare but walk me a little bit through about you know what you got going on here okay so uh what inspired me to do this piece was I was stressing out about you know the tweets or like the stuff that Donald Trump has said to about women in general and also the disrespect that he displayed on national TV to our Navajo code talkers mmm and so um my mom has expressed to me what like when I when I'm feeling a certain way I'll express it but I won't express it through words all the time but I'll express it through my art and so this was not a threat it was simply a response and so if you guys have not seen childish gambino this is America watch it and you'll understand this piece so this is childish gambino taking a break from from you know assassinating you know this line of bad people and dotnet they're not necessarily bad people but they're just like in there bad way like they've done some bad things and this is the way they're gonna pay for it and this is our indigenous woman and this was an old an old gold cigarette and that of a non indigenous girl wearing a short skirt and you know just like looking sari and mmm she's shooting a bow and arrow with a headdress on and so she's kind of mimicking the same move that childish gambino did when he shot that guy in the head he was doing he was minute like doing a an old african-american had so that's what she's doing mmm and so each of the bags is a name or something that symbolizes of what that person did so you have kinetic aureus which is George Washington the 38 SU that Abraham Lincoln honk and sharp knife given to Andrew Jackson and everybody's worst person today my my worst person is ass which is Thom chump site for the language and the the pose that he's doing is the pose that he is a is a move that he was doing of making fun of that uh that home that reporter that had special needs and he did that that gesture so he's doing that and uh if you you guys will like if you guys buy the piece or if you guys look at the piece you'll notice like small things like you'll see you know Abraham Lincoln you know he peed his pants let's pray much Haven the all these all these things are just basically kind like hashtags but yeah this is my piece and when did you make this put your wishes 14th June 14 so I made this like June 10th of last year action so happy anniversary yeah happy anniversary um but yeah so um here's another thing I wanted to say so before I made this piece mmm I was thinking that maybe I should put the arrow like not released like she's she's pulling it but it hasn't gone that she hasn't actually shot it and so I know when being a tween artist surrounded by other artists you know they say if while I was taught and like if you are hesitant that means you should do it you know it's kind of like you know should I go talk to my family member that we talked to her for a while like if you think you shouldn't do it you have to do it and the bow and arrow was just like a very less last minute do the head I reason I asked there's been a really big strong movement with missing and murdered indigenous women now and this is kind of a pretty bold statement I saw this I was just like wow because I had seen a bunch of your work you know how to a piece you did with based on the water protectors from Standing Rock and Star Wars oh yeah I had that I have one of those already but I saw this and I was just like wow that's just pretty bold but it was a gift and I always feel happy to receive it so gonna have to get you to sign that later um let's talk a little bit about what else you brought us okay so this piece is the very first piece I did and this type of style and so I was drawing real people I wasn't having fun with it and that was drawing cartoons out if you know when I went to one you know you know one style like it kind of got boring and so I was like you know what I'm just gonna combine both let's see how that looks and this is why I came up with and there's plenty more styles like this but I was really was that was that modeled after someone was there yeah it was actually me you know yes I got portrait yeah actually was like doing a lot of I was doing a lot more self-portraits and I was kind of feeling like conceited and so yeah I did that I took a selfie of me war-whooping and one thing I loved doing you know out in public is I like to wore hoop I like you know I like to go out and might one of my plans is I want to go to the Great Wall of China and wore hoop and and this is called our call you know and I just wanted to like strike it you know like he's not getting mad he's not he's not at a game he's just you know it's just an indigenous war call that we do yeah well and then in that same style I did these two pieces this is called the singer and this is called musically living and this one musically living right here mmm this is a base on one of my friends her name is Olivia kamatchi she goes by I live the artist and she had braces on at that time and she had her her shirt and everything all belts you know so she sent me a picture and then and I like to over exaggerate the mouth and one of the things I don't want to over exaggerate is the nose because you know like Native Americans like they get teased for their noses and so that's one thing I tried to avoid and so this is her guitar that she loves to that she plays and the musical notes are supposed to be that one song called them hallelujah and it was supposed to be a song that she made for her friend and so there's that one and this one is the singer so this one it was really hard to like get the mouth to like be the way I want it to be so to make things easier and for a little tip for you guys that want to draw home is draw use a snapchat filter if nothing comes up so this is a snapchat filter when you open your mouth it gets bigger oh and so I was like alright I'll do that and so I love it yeah it's awesome okay I love I love how big his hands are you know in scale you know it makes you wonder how big the dome is yeah right yeah that's pretty cool I really like that a lot of passion in there a lot of intense you know I like the the straight hairs that's really cool I have to ask you when you draw these are they are they this size are they larger they're about 20 24 by 16 oh okay yeah so there is pretty close to this size yeah yeah all right cool very cool yeah let's see what else you got okay and uh oh I don't have any pictures of the one okay so this one this one's called carbon this is the last one I did in 2018 and this was the first time being a yellow John that you know this is the first piece the first piece I did as a yellow John and the characters supposed to be a character I drew for the museum use ium of contemporary native arts and oh it was of him braiding his own hair and this is supposed to be my dog Corbin and the reason why I chose my dog form is because you know dogs in our lives mean a lot to us and I used to have this dream of this shadow constantly chasing me and then one dream this shadow got afraid of a bark and then it ran ran off and have anemia might be my dog and he passed away like two years prior to this dream and then he just gave me a hug and I woke up right and I was like I got dude you know I got John my dog so oh yeah yeah and I have never drawn like a dog actually for a while and so I couldn't think of a better dog and it was funny because I'm my neighbor's actually came into our house and they have a dog that looks just like that look looks like this one and so they gave me this weird look like are you upset with their dog like no those my dog okay I like again a lot of emotion a lot of expression you can see the bond between them there's there's movement there's just it's just I like it's well balanced there's just a lot of you know the colors are great good contrast there's a lot of wonderful things there are things that are really becoming that are really emerging as your own style you know the way the way you combine things are the way you exaggerate things and I just love it it's very creative very creative so a lot of people would consider this this style of art as pop art what do you think about that I like it I mean that's the type of the things I like I love pop art ever since I started growing up and one guy named Justin Bois and then that's how you say his name but uh I was always into his artwork especially the way he over exaggerated certain features and gives animation he gives movements with his arms like if this guy's playing basketball like he'll had this mom like extended like a few more inches just give me a movement so I was always into that and that's what inspired me to do stuff like this and being considered a pop art is actually it's a good feeling cool very cool you talked a little bit about your motivation your inspiration what what what where did where did you get your inspiration from I mean your work has its evolved I've seen it evolve and I can you know you talked a little bit about the exaggeration that kind of thing but where does the majority of your inspiration come from people I mean just people live in life and people enjoy their times and also the movement that you know the people I have surrounded myself with and and just seem like mmm other art you know when I went so I was that I was out I back in 2009 and then came back 2010 and I was like you know I thought I thought like you know being an ia was enough you know so I was like alright well I did that so now what mmm and so it took some few years away from my and I remember I was on the couch I had a zips bag by me and I woke up and I was just like I gotta go do something and so I was like I got a you know because I was looking at crystal Juarez work and she I used to go to school with her and she was like doing like apparel stuff and doing paintings that was actually bought by Joe Biden and also like you know like tiny means like he's rapping and you know making you know motivation through his raps so I was just thinking like you know that that's got to be me and I mean I want to do something like that I want to you know I want to be an inspiration and so this seeing other artists work and doing their things that they feel they need to do to make an impact and Native license creating and so so yes what inspires me and also my family inspires me a lot and my friends inspired me a lot and you know like I draw pieces on my family you know okay so this is my mom the the regalia is supposed to be based off of her regalia and the colors the color scheme and the flute player is she likes flutes and you know I haven't drawn my mom for a while and so I figured that you know this is a way to not really repair because you can never repay the love that and we were mom or dad gives you and so yeah this is why I called her mom and mmm there's a there's a tight Tyler the Creator out of this be being in front of you know this person's face and I think nature and mixing it with you know our our culture is very powerful so she likes butterflies and I always like to incorporate you know like you know animals or you know bugs and yeah that's that one that was pretty cool too yeah your you have just a great way of capturing I mean just the fact you know look at the expression on her face is always awesome and her having her eyes closed and one ear on and one ear off you know that's just really cool listening to the birds and listening to to her headphones at the same time very cool thank you yeah very cool so what we talked a little bit about you getting old do have some great here ya know what you talked about a little bit about getting older you know that coming for the graduation that kind of thing how old are you now I am 28 oh geez you're up there man your eyes got big Oh what's you know that's nice I'm 40 that's yeah looks like you got a good 20 years before you start worrying about that so let me ask you this though um as a young Indian man as an artist as an American the Native American what worries you what worries you now I know what worries me is like what is our youth gonna be left with you know when when our elders leave like I just wonder like our elders are worried about what did they leave for us and what teachings did they leave us and was our youth able to pick up on that like where they you know traditional enough to pick up on you know the cultures are their ways you know and I know I just that's what worries me is like I want to make sure that I leave something in this world and especially like I don't know I'm not I mean there has been a lot of death lately and when death comes around like I start to worry you know I mean I'm not old but you know anybody's they can call me and so I want to try to leave this world that you know like with art or something that speaks to people with somebody that somebody that can relate because a lot of artists like they don't they can't speak I didn't know I can I can't speak politically you know the only way I could speak politically is if I do it through art and that's what a lot of people let's what Lars do like especially I you know I see like a lot of people that they can't they don't really talk much but when they create our it's pretty awesome just because like they can speak with it and you can tell how they're feeling and how a lot of people can just relate to that person you know mmm and so that's why I want to leave is I want to leave this world with something to for the you to look up to I wanted that like when I when I'm creating pieces I want to strike happiness with our native people like I want to create something that they don't they have never seen you know obviously like every piece is something that no one's ever seen but something that that is fun for them to look at because you don't see you know when Star Wars came out and people and the artists came up with like like a native Jedi like a lab like any Americans want to see that type of stuff and they want to feel like wow that's so much fun like you know that motivates me or Sid native superhero you know and just I don't know I just want to create I just like the Lord motivates me it just keeps me motivated as knowing that I have this ability that a lot of people wish they had and I try to keep up with the person in you know a different dimension and you know like let's say a person was I wasn't able to draw but what would he would deal with the abilities I have and I'm trying to keep up with that person if that makes any sense you know like we only live one life and you know tomorrow my arm may get cut off and you know what am I gonna do I mean this is my this is like my my my spit my special hand you know that I don't want ever get rid of and but what motivates me also is you know my my my grandma and my uncle my uncle was an artist and but he was handicapped and he was paralyzed from the shoulders down and he couldn't he couldn't draw with his hands but he drew with his mouth and seeing the stuff that he creates I know that he would do a lot more with my abilities and also my grandma you know she was always like always like asking about how how I've been and asking how you know why the piece that I've been working on it my mom motivates me a lot too because she has done a lot for me – not for me to not become something and so that's why I need it and that's a person I really look out for is to make sure that she's getting everything that is deserved to her and so with my abilities I'm able to you know become something so that she feels like her hard work has finally paid off what what would you like people to know about about Chad about Chad yellow John well I would like people to know about me is I'm an outgoing guy I try to be at least and I always welcome people to come and talk to me about my art or you know if they want tips and tricks I can also teach tips and tricks and being an artist you know I've noticed that the smallest this is like a little catchphrase I have on when did business cards also it's the smallest detail can make the biggest difference and you know those are the small details in life and that can make a big change wait what so we kind of have a specialized audience that washes this what would you like to say to this audience the audience in the northwest needed me what would you like to say that one thing I would like to say to everybody is if you don't fight today tomorrow we'll win strong work Inland Northwest native news click and subscribe you know very happy and good experience I want to figure out how to crop Charlie in like I'm too busy I don't want to touch it I don't want anything to do with it and with his urging I ended up touching it helping organize being a part of it now I think it's part of me well I think that it doesn't hit you you know it's something about you might think you know who you are you might think you understand about yourself but once you really step into these these traditional vessels we also have sturgeon nose canoes and you paddle them you you feel old different connection and I can't quite explain what that is but I can tell you it's powerful and unexpected that'll pretty confident how long are these about 25 30 feet these are the ones that are the ones from a couple years back right yes it just feels really good to be out on the river and just it's just the best feeling ever to be out there and then just all the family that you make along the way how many paddles would be been on this is about the fourth one that I've paddled in just a day or two here and there you know there's will be those the most amount of age I've gotten to I think I'll get to paddle for about six days hopefully but what is it what does it mean for you what is it just reclaiming our waterways and our salmon and just going back to how we used to do it and just connecting you to our and our future and yeah just kind of just going back to to our old ways for a lot of hak-do it's been a really big time yeah it just it's good for your heart feels really good to be out there what's been the most surprising thing that's happened here on the water I've never tipped or anything let's see it was pretty cool the first year that that I went that when Annette organized there was bald eagles following the canoe the whole way it was just really awesome they were just flying around following the community mark you seem on the anchor a lot of the other time I'm not really just picked it up step down money just took care of everything's looking pretty excited yeah I mean first days are gonna be our best girl longest in our day but though the reverse how far you going going all the way yeah only got like just part of the lake you know if the windows on either side you know there'd be no way we would be able to make it in like five or seven hours but with the wind on our side on no end patro and we can make it about five or seven hours yeah cool you guys went you guys probably as far as I know I've gone the furthest and your canoe Oh Laura's like we did a with the miss Phelan Clayton we did a trip from Three Forks Montana and the headwaters in Missouri all the way to standing rock or the Cannonball River yeah and we went up to ganon Bell river and there's a December 1st or 2nd yeah so I was like at an 11 day trip or something like that and in the middle of winter yeah and it was our longest as last I checked it was like somewhere around 250 miles Wow what was that like the beginning was pretty Swift and pretty easygoing and the Sun was still out and scenery was a lot like this really nice in the water Swift so it was really easy and then after he got to like dat – it close to a dam then basically turned into lake water and like a day and we had one day that was like 30 miles and it was probably the hardest day I've ever paddled paddled from early morning to dark how cold was it I mean he got to freezing at night a little bit below but towards the end of the trip is where they got really cold on the very last day the water froze over to about an inch inch and we were literally breaking eyes with her canoes the two canoes still got scars from it so I mean it was it was a rough day yeah man I just well for me it's I really kind of wanted to talk to you about this I you know I did I went down I was there a December 5th I remember seeing you down there and I saw the pictures of you guys breaking through the ice and stuff oh yeah you know I could just I could feel anything I could think as you guys are crazy yeah well the only way we could have made it in was my brother was already there at camp and I had messaged him ahead of time somehow I don't remember how but we got the message to him and he took a trench shovel in a kayak and was paddling with that and and broke an entryway into the dock into standing rocks for us all so we managed to paddle our canoes right in so how long were you on the water before you guys got there like I said like living area is so isolated man if you guys that have gone over there than anybody could have got you yeah yeah I mean it was pretty weird and crazy but we had good support we didn't have the best equipment but we had good equipment and we had I think the best team for it though so that's that's what really made me feel safe as we all know what we're doing we all trust each other and that's really what's important well for me I'm watching this thing you know start from when the logs rolled off the trucks you know Derek went out and shot a bunch of that and then all these people come together that have it really had reasons to unite but the one thing that I've heard consistently over and over from pretty much everybody I talked to about all the canoes and the journeys and and everything is that it's been really feeling yeah what do you think about that yeah in a lot of ways it is because I mean it goes what goes way back to we're separated on reservations so that separated our people and and then instead of a system of a village you know you got houses that separates people like the dams on the rivers separates people more and so we're all separated more and more and more even by water but then now we're changing we're changing our ways I think and that's a big change from being separated by water to being United by water is really big difference how much you think you've gone over the last four years quite a bit I mean every month I hear about someone making a new canoe and I mean there's some surprise canoes yesterday we I saw so I mean people are making news and just not telling people either so I mean I've been seen someone Facebook different tribes and Mail off making all sorts all some communities all right now I'm just excited to see all do you ever think that you know growing up that you never be doing anything leaving actually I had bought a canoe before all the canoe stuff started a fiberglass canoe I bought it like a month before the first salmon ceremony and I never thought I'd be canoeing to be honest but I ended up being in on it and just helping organize and then being organizer well my uncle was a skipper so I was you know I was embattled but since I was around and yeah I know I never I never even got to use my own fibreglass canoe I took it out once or twice like a year later to Lee or two later and then that winter you got smashed by a snowplow so now just been big outs little tiring and well you have nothing other than this stuff I've never ever been on a commune just learning how old are you know learn I swear 31 so there's there's a million million things you could be doing oh yeah and there's a lot of other native guys out there doing about other things in the film but it's it's time to do this preparation you know the traveling all of the different things that it takes to keep this going what motivates you the most to keep going well it's like I said it like you said it was a healing sort of thing but also being separated from people is not is not good for people people naturally want to be around each other people are naturally social I mean there wouldn't be much life if you're the only human on earth right so I mean it's important to be around people and so if water brings people together then it's got to be one of the most important things to be doing I mean not much other things really bring people together like this what's just been the scariest thing for you well just other than car accidents I think boating accidents are pretty ranked up pretty high there so I mean it's water and weather is always dangerous we're only worried about everyone and you know the more people we have just the more likely there's someone bad health is gonna need to help and just you know keep in my eye out for people who might need a help and can't prepare ahead of time so we don't really have to worry or stress about that sort of thing there anything uh you think you think we might have missed or something you'd like to add oh I'm just really happy that we're all here and surprised because I was having a rough time and like I said I kind of dropped off a few months before the the finishing of the planning of this and and I wasn't sure I was gonna go cuz I lost contact with everyone and everything but you know seeing everyone come together early was uplifting makes me happy to know that looks like we're gonna be continuing to do this for many years to come yeah hopefully I have kids and they get to come do this too that's that's what we're all looking forward to today that's cool [Applause] alright there's really quick to Prada commuters I have the permit so each canoe needs one of these permits just pulled it up in a pocket for the journey [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] Hey [Applause] [Applause] watch the block [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] so on behalf of the sweet sweet grass lady from Daisy she wanted to make sure that everybody got a junk a sweet grass homemade so she wants to honor all of these skippers with sweet grass today today we're here to celebrate the salmon and the canoes and that reconnection to the to the river we've got six canoes out in the water today all of our tribes are represented and it's a very important part of the process in bringing attention to the issues here in the upper Columbia the loss of the salmon and and the loss of that tied to the river and that if ceremony helps us to reconnect with those those things that were were taken in and brings attention to the work ahead of us that needs to be done to to correct those historic wrongs so it's a very important for us to be on the river as salmon people as River people too to make those connections so it's it's very important for all of us today so the upper Columbia United tribes was working on that's worked on there and call it a phase wand we're working on a face approach to bring in the salmon home phase one puts all those technologies together that the risk assessments the donor donor stocks habitat studies we've run lifecycle models that estimate numbers of fish coming back so that report in our opinion shows the feasibility of brewing and salmon back so the next phase would be that to actually start to turn some fish loose above those facilities track them and put in some interim fish past these facilities and start to see why the fish go and how they utilize that the system that they've been that part of the water that they've been blocked for for nearly eight years so that phase two will allow us to start to see where the fish need and I don't really think we need a lot of study another fish so to speak I think they're just looking for an opportunity and and we provide them that opportunity they're gonna know where to go and they're gonna know know what to do so we think we've came a long ways in the last few years and in connecting those those issues and again it's it's feasible we're there we're ready to start training some fish lips how wha what kind of timeline are you talking about it well to turn some fish loose here hopefully this August I mean it's gonna take a long time it's you know we're we're 2025 years out from actually having a full restoration or our full passage so it's gonna be a long process but what we feel with these opportunities we've been provided with the Columbia River treaty and the northwest power and planning Conservation Council adopting that into their 2014 program has allowed us to do some of these studies so we're real close so I know that right now we're having a big problem with the the whale population starving from the lack of salmon like a food form well can you talk a little bit about that or what you know what what is up upper Columbia what's a what what part of they playing in all that so that that's that whole ecosystem that's one River and what we do up here dry you know has the impacts on what happens down in the estuary and in the Orca so to to make that connection and to be able to save them save the whale are to make just a functioning River again we need to we need that reconnection we need no salmon getting back up into these Canadian waters to increase those numbers to to help that or keep on holding a population and again it's it's bigger than just the Orpheus the entire ecosystem that's what we did to it with the blockage of the river cutting off the salmon and those habitats up into Canada we drastically impacted their ability to spawn and to reproduce and why that that food for the orcas in the lower river it's all connected and we need to we need to start to manage and what that if that to one River so uh I know some people are kind of skeptic about bringing the salmon back just because the mass deforestation the the over grazing and the runoff and and you know the the habitats it's not the same you know without having the the old-growth Cedars to nourish the or to get the the nutrients from the salmon and without being able to shade the water it's raise the water temperatures we have all sorts of factors dissolved oxygen you have pesticides you've got all these different things so um what what you cuts position as far as being able to successfully I guess maintain or re-establish a usable feasible a Batak for the salmon once they get back I mean how what's the likelihood I mean what can you talk a little bit about that so we've we've done a habitat study in our face one and it shows there's your sufficient habitat for for the salmon and I don't know the numbers right offhand but we found and this is just in the u.s. portion of the of the river that there's there's plenty of habitat for fish right now for the salmon and all of those other issues are impacts but they're they're not going to are they shouldn't have have that big and negative impact on their return in salmon I mean we need to continue to deal with those water quality issues the pollution loop we just won our case against tech metals so they've been found liable for the pollution and that legacy of you know nearly a hundred years of dumb pants leg directly into the river so they've been found liable for that and and so we're gonna continue to work on those those issues but that shouldn't stop us or that shouldn't be an excuse or a reason not to bring the salmon home the salmon are in these waters for a short period of time those those those things impact them but they shouldn't negatively impact them enough to where that should be an excuse not to do it them being part of the ecosystem will help clean that up will help will help replenish the forests will help bring back some of those things the Eagles the Bears all of those things are connected so without that salmon being part of that cycle we have seen that the forest impacted in and our culture the waters not having that salmon in the water after they spawn and die all those new trees and things are all part of what we're trying to trying to reconnect and again it's it's feasible it can happen those are those are all excuses not to do it and and we see those this as things that we need to take care of in the salmon or a big step and helping that reconnection excellent um so you talk to congratulations on that tenth case no that was a long that was a long battle and that was one of those things again where well when we started this case a lot of people said yeah it's it's never going to happen you're never gonna hold that company a lot of before what they've done and and the tribes continuing to to push that issue into be out on out front on these issues is is why that happened and what we do is as tribal people as uh proclaim United tribes don't just impact our benefit the tribes they benefit everybody in the region so it's our responsibility and we take that responsibility very seriously and that responsibility comes to those future generations that why we do what we do we're doing it for those about seven generations those folks that we haven't met yet our kids our grandkids their kids their grandkids this is who were working for and this is we work those are who were trying to correct you see stories around towards my future generations so when you talk about you know settle in that case with ten you know that that was a long time in the making it was a long time in the in the damage you know that they did went on for so long it's just crazy to think about I just can't even wrap my brain about the amount of the sludge and all that has been dumped into the river and how far downstream I mean just to try to you and fathom that's beyond me but I guess my question is what are what do you think is gonna come of that is that gonna end up in a cash settlement is it gonna be another EPA Superfund cleanup site that never gets cleaned up or what do you think is gonna happen with that I mean well let me ask you this how about two parts what do you think is gonna happen and what would you like to see well I think of course we're gonna continue to battle with them about what needs to be done and how much needs to be cleaned up but what we'd like to see is yes those in in the river again we don't need a lot more studies about what's out there the river is gonna show us and then these eddies and Denise back waters were where that slag has settled out they can hot water clean up mark this flats right here what we're at today this this whole flat a lot of that slag settles out here because the water slows just before the walls so a lot of that metal is from from Kettle Falls back up towards the Canadian border so what we'd like to see is those those hotspots evaluated cleaned up and and to just better understand the human health impacts the ecological impacts of that Schlage the drawdowns the dust storms and those potential human health impacts is what what we'd like to see some of those questions answer because right now there's a lot of unknowns and unfortunately there's a lot of tribal members who fear those unknowns and are afraid to use the river too they're afraid to beyond what give us life I mean the river was is life it's it's Huli ours river people and and with with those pollution legacy issues there are there are tribal folks who are afraid to be on the river to eat the fish and to even practice their their ceremonies and stuff on the river so we'd like to get those questions answered and again provide those opportunities that were taken from us what do you think is going to take on the federal government's part to get this done well we're going to need we're gonna need EPA to step up and and push push the issues in and direct that cleanup in and ensure that those natural resource damage assessments are completed and that that – cleanup is done again they've stipulated they've they own it now they're responsible for what they've done and it's going to be up to the EPA and the federal government to ensure that those things are completed you guys have any other concerns you know this current administration opened up waterways for mining waste dumping again if you have any concern immediate concerns for this area well just in in general the deregulating making it easier for easier for polluters to pollute easier for these big corporations to to negatively impact our ecosystems and and walk away so we've got big concerns just overall in in the sense that we can continue to exploit these resources for the benefit of a few while the rest of us who live in the region are are impacted on a daily basis by those decisions so it's going to take a grassroots grassroots push it's going to take us to remind these folks that they work for us we don't work for them and we need to set those priorities an 18-2 they need to listen it's it's time we cannot continue to exploit our resources at the current way we are and expect anything for our future generations I'm afraid one day we'll be we'll be looking a lot of these things in in a book there won't even be here to be extinct to be gone so on shortly after they reopen the waterways for mining waste on Bunker Hill announced that it was going to reopen any word on that no I don't have any background again it's it just makes them easy it just makes it easier for them to do I pass regulations and to you know to pollute to to they they put profit over you know they continue to put profits over over the environment and continue to believe that it's always going to be here and it's not you know the this whole climate change and and they're they're seeing climate change that has a benefit they're looking at the glaciers melting and and some of these areas that have been capped for thousands of years are open enough and they see those as opportunities to go into those areas and mine now it's those things that were covered for four thousand years with those glaciers and those ice caps now are melting and they're they're looking at opportunities to move into those areas of mine so it's it's just asinine to think that we can again as a people continue to exploit those resources and and not have negative impacts Mother Earth I think is is giving us a lot of warning science a lot of opportunities to to make these changes and and with all of this weather and floods and she's just trying to cool off she's trying to to let us know that these flood plains and all these areas where these people have built you know too many times we look at a river as a river and a floodplain as a floodplain if you're standing in the plugboard if you're standing in the floodplain you're standing in the river and eventually you're going to get wet there's no way around it you can die kit you can put in dams but eventually if you're standing in a floodplain are going to get wet and it is part of the river and we need to make that connection also everyone must get a shirt so if we could have them get in line and he came out with our our people a lot and just we're at the end of our three-year period or your drag and so we wanted to honor some people who work really hard on it so we go open it so we have a jacket made up in German language house [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] we're we're here today at Kettle Falls for the salmon ceremony and we've got a one of the paddlers Sadie Hill with us Sadie is this your first year out paddling um I didn't Day last year but this is my first year for more than a day yes alright and so you did you start out where did you go in the middle we're in the end where were you um we started Monday so that was the middle and I went with my brother and sister all right and what what do you think was the best part about the whole experience for you I think the best part was just like seeing all the nature because we live in the city and we don't really get to get away from that very often so just being feeling the water and seeing the trees and feeling the sand that was just the best part so I was just curious you where did you put in at but for the first time um we put in from where we started me and my brother and sister we started yeah two rivers and which canoe were young simply alright did you did you have you have a hand in building that canoe at all or was that um I helped a little bit but it was mostly just my auntie Anna so when was the first time you heard about this the salmon ceremony and the paddle and all that um the first year that they decided to do it I heard about it because my mom's into like everything about our culture and my auntie was part of building simply my aunt so I heard about it right away but I didn't get to help as much because we had to travel what was your first impression of the whole project I thought it was cool we're definitely my family's really into culture and we've never really done canoes before this so I thought it was interesting it was a different like view of our culture cuz we've gone Camas digging or we've like sown baskets or we beaded we've done a lot of things with our culture but this was interesting so you're a dancer too yes so I specifically wanted to kind of get your perspective on this whole thing because a lot of it is geared around the next generation and your generation there's a lot of kids out there that could and are doing other things I mean they're at the movies or at the mall or they're out doing a million other things other than out paddling the Columbia what what why did what makes you want to do that what will motivate you what what sets you apart from them I mean I was raised to keep my culture going and learn more about it so I think that this is just another thing that I was raised to do it's an honor and it's a privilege and I think that it's my generations job to keep the culture going I so uh is there anything that you learn from this experience I learned so much I think that the main thing that I learned is the closer that everyone on the canoe is or everyone in the canoes are the more fun that it is like the more things you learn or the better experience you have just how close we are what would you like other other youth to know about this experience it's better than watching a TV because then you could see it in real life because my generation we're really into technology and we don't really get out to go paddle we if we get out then we go out to get a tan and I think this is like a good way to just step out of social media and step out of like everything that we're supposed to look like or supposed to do because on because I didn't have my phone for a couple days and it just it was nice like God is like a cleansing so you got some pain on your face you talked a little bit about that we did this across the river it was to remember missing an indigenous woman and I know that the jockeys from the races did this too so I think it inspired the paddlers and some of the staff to do it too do you remember the first time you saw someone that was wearing paint like that I've been I've been seeing stuff like this for awhile but I've I've like never known what do you think about you know they talked earlier about dr talked about the set that the the court case that they call goes one about the polluters for the columbia river did you know about that i didn't know about the case but when i heard i was like yeah cuz cuz our waters were polluted a lot especially with stuff like from midnight mine and I think that it's their job to clean it up if if I make a mess then I have to clean it up and they messed up our waters a ton so they should have they should on their own feel a responsibility to clean up but since they don't I'm glad that we took action and now they have to what other like environmental stuff would you like to see done I would like to see less plastic for where we go cuz we were paddling and we had to pick up a couple bags out of the water and I was just like I was disappointed but I'm I'm glad that we have the hearts to clean up even if we didn't make them mess we still clean it up because it's how we live what do you think about when you when you see all these elders and they come on here and they're singing and in a language that I'm you know if you're like me you don't know a lot of the language you see that and then you see people from all these different tribes that come together that have so many different differences but then a lot of similarities to you know some of them have different cedar hats they're different styles they're woven tighter or looser some of them have ribbon skirts some of them are certain patterns that so there are are these differences in similarities and the cultures but but when you step back and you look at the overall bigger picture what what's it really like being a Native youth in society today it's definitely different from how the kids at my school grow up but I would I wouldn't trade it for anything because yeah there are different designs different types different ways to make something but it's I think it's the feeling that everything brings overall because there's ribbon skirts all over but it's just it's the power that they have is what the bigger picture is and that's what I really love about being a youth it's just feeling the power that we have even though it seems like we don't have a ton of power we definitely can get our feelings across with what we have so make sense yeah so um kind of getting back to the paddle in the journey and all that is there anybody that you've met along the way whether it was your first year or this year is there anybody that really inspired you definitely Liz really inspired me because there was there was a time we were just sitting on the beach and we just started talking and she told her story and I was talking a little bit about mine and we just we opened up to each other which I thought was really nice it was it was empowering to see someone else go through a harder time than you and like make it so far she went through a harder time than me so why can't I get through whatever I'm going through if you look at all the indigenous leadership out there men women whoever who inspires you the most probably like out of everybody probably my mom cuz without her then we wouldn't have we I wouldn't be here right now like we wouldn't know all the culture and we wouldn't know our ways and I wouldn't know anything about our culture without my mom and she's just a big part of the tribe in the community and she'll help anybody so I think probably anything else that you like that just that paddling on the canoe was a very empowering and spirit experience and I hope that more people get to do it so we're kind of a new youth like the ANA here and shout out so um I just want to ask what you think about the idea of covering news and events for Inland Northwest tribes I think it's a great idea because no one else is gonna do it so we have to get the word out and we have to make sure that people know that we're here and we're doing things like this to bring it back yeah so do you by saying that you're kind of implying that people don't think we're here and think that we're not doing anything do you kind of feel that way sometimes um a couple months ago I was talking to a little girl and she asked where I was from so I heard that I was a Spokane tribal member she asked what that meant and I told her I was Native American she said she thought Indians were extinct so yes I do believe that people don't know that we're here and that we're actually doing things with our culture so if you you talked about getting are getting the word out and telling our stories what story would you tell I would just tell like our struggles and how far we've come from them years ago we wouldn't have had this ceremony and we wouldn't have had all these canoes but now we were making fundraisers and we're sending cases to break like all of the you say stereotypes I guess against Native Americans because they don't think they think teepees in BO Narrows but it's more than that so I I think that the story I would say it was just where we come from and how we've gotten here and so you think that's important that's super important because in history we learn we learn about the French we learn about Germany we learn about every country but we don't stop and think that there was people here before the CMI's came and we need to bring that back because with the way we yeah with the way we live is better for the environment and I feel like if people knew more about our culture then it would then they would like change some things and it'd be better for the environment so I remember for me when I was like in seventh grade this was a oh you know just a light bulb went off over my head when I was in seventh grade I went to to read my 'washington say history book and I opened it up to the Spokane tribe there was one line in that entire Washington State history book about the Spokane tribe that was the moment that I was like whoa wait a minute is there's got to be more how what do you remember back when you were like well we studied the French we studied the Dutch we study there when are we gonna study yeah do you remember when that was I was in history class in middle school and we did a we had to choose a topic and do a project and presentation on it and I chose the Spokane tribe and I found two websites on the Spokane tribes history and I looked for days but I only found two websites I had to I had to ask my mom for more information because I only had two sources I was like wow all of the information and websites on the internet and there's two of the Spokane charm my whole life I thought that was insane how'd that make you feel um it pulls since my life is my culture culture is a big part of my life it felt like it wasn't very important because if there's nothing on it then you basically never happened well clearly it did happen and clearly it's a great day to be indigenous innit Inland Northwest native news like and subscribe

3 thoughts on “INWNN Episode 9 Columbia River Canoe Journey, Salmon Ceremony and Artist Chad Yellowjohn

  1. i walked the whole hoopfest event area and saw a few skins. did a time lapse. https://rezpics.smugmug.com/Hoopfest-6-29-2019/

  2. I enjoy the weekly journey, and am especially grateful for this weeks Kettle Falls Canoe Journey. Lemlmtx.

  3. https://www.courthousenews.com/canoe-journey-parallels-tribal-efforts-to-return-salmon-to-upper-columbia/

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