+ SPOTLIGHT | Keya Clairmont

“My family will always keep inspired to do what I love most. Without them I wouldn’t have grown up with a happy life and knowing what it means to care and be giving towards one another. Also with me not living with them day to day any more, I hope to finish my degree and live close by again and hopefully offer more support in return.”

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+ SPOTLIGHT | Chris Martinez

“My mentors, stand in a couple of our ladies. One being Maria Pascua, who is the most knowledgeable in our language. Secondly, the Manager of the Makah Language Program (MLP) which also happens to be my mother. Also, Lorraine Greene (another language teacher) for keeping me up on my skills, and speaking in the language with me, often. You ladies work hard, and do an awesome job! “ -Chris Martinez

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+ SPOTLIGHT | Tokeya Richardson

“ I like to sit and listen to the rush of water, the whisper of air that brushes the plant life, and also see how animals react with one another. Doing this always reminds me of how the old ones would observe the earth around them and learn from it, and that comforts me.”

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+ SPOTLIGHT | Paul Wilson

“Reclamation and creation of spaces. Working to teach the first foods practices my family carries has been an effort to help heal the communities of my rivershed. Relearning Maqlaqsyalanks, my indigenous language, and helping to teach it amongst our tribal youth and elders has been a process of healing our wounded spirits. The creation of recreational spaces in my ancestral lands and waters, and access for my communities has been an enactment of self-determination for my peoples.”

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