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Native Americans and Thanksgiving: Truth-Teller Tribute

Emily Washines

Native Americans and Thanksgiving: Truth-Teller Tribute

  Yes, your turkey needs to get prepared, but let’s carve some time for the Native American perspective. Some Native American families do not celebrate Thanksgiving, while some eat with their families. There is variation among the 562 federally recognized tribes.   Local example: The Yakama tribal casino gives turkeys away to some and has a display. The tribe also closes for Thanksgiving holiday and the day after in recognition of Native American Day. For some, it is convenience that compels us to come together. Well, we have a day off, so let’s get together and eat. Looking at these dynamics,...


Film Screening - The Silence Within

Film Screening - The Silence Within

2017 Film Festival Selection Honored to announce that my short film The Silence Within, is one of nine selected to screen at the 2017 One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival, short films. The overall event is Friday-Saturday. Featured on the Spokesman-Review, "In keeping with their mission, the One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival, now in its second year, will again provide a platform for indigenous art in mainstream entertainment in the Inland Northwest." Short Films One Heart Short Film ShowcaseSaturday, September 9 @ 10:30 am - The Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane, WA Hosted by Steven Paul Judd #stillhere,...


Who started the Yakama War?

Who started the Yakama War?

They say history is told by the survivors. There are tribal survivors of the Yakama War. I am one of the thousands of tribal members that live. This history has been told in the Ichiskiin language and in oral history. I’ve been reading a lot about the Yakama War. There is a lack of voice from Yakamas readily available. Think of the power of Yakama survivors telling this story. We’ll go through the following: The sources Defining “start war” Who started the war? When first approaching this topic some might think, “But why should I believe you?” Others may think,”Why...


Átaw: Dark & Light

Emily Washines

Tags Eclipse, Ichiskiin, Oral History, Poem, Sahaptin, Yakama Language

Átaw: Dark & Light

Have the changes in astrology brought questions or reflection for you? I will share oral history prompts and a poem for reflection There is a lot to be said on this topic. I like to see the different discussions and questions from different tribes. From other Natives, I've seen a popular question: What does the eclipse mean for our tribe? As far as one of the teachings for the Yakama tribe, the short answer is: It’s a reminder. Tribes have different beliefs. Even within tribes, depending on circumstance or if there is a specific state such as pregnancy or mourning,...


They Sang a Warrior Song for Her

They Sang a Warrior Song for Her

Why would elders sing a warrior song for a teenager that was not in the war or military, but had just won a pageant? It is almost 18 years later and I am still fully understanding this experience. The year was 1999. I was 18, and just won a second pageant, Miss National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). This was hosted by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Their homelands are also known as Palm Springs, California. I was supported by my tribe, the Yakama Nation to run for a second title. I am honored that I was able to hold...