+SPOTLIGHT | Andrea Grijalva

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ANDREA GRIJALVA

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Name: Andrea Grijalva

What’s your age: 20

What are your tribe(s):Rogue River, Shasta, Kalapuya

What are the first 3 words that come to mind when you hear the word healing?

Trauma, Forgiveness, and Together

Can you tell us what you do and a bit about how you came to it?

I am a full-time student working towards my AAOT so I can further my education at a university. I have been involved with my culture and traditions since I was a little girl and I know my involvement in the tribe has played a huge role in who I am today and my life goals.

How do you heal?

Depending on the situation, I have found many ways that help me heal. I heal through ceremony and praying. However, I also heal through laughing and spending time with my family/friends.

What’s calling you right now?

My calling has always been to make my ancestors and family proud.They have given so much for me to be here today and I’m going to take full advantage of it.

Do your ancestors affect what you do, how you live?

My ancestors are exactly why I do what I do. On hard days they remind me of just how resilient and strong the people I come from are. On the good days they motivate me to be the absolute best I can be.

Who are your mentors, role models?

I’ve been very fortunate to have many positive and strong people around me while I grew up. One of them being Cristina Lara, the work she has done and continues to do in our community has always inspired me do the same.

What drives/inspires you to keep going?

The youth. They need to see others striving and healing so they know its possible for them too. I want to be a role model to them like many others were for me.

If you could relay a mantra, message, wisdom, ism, food for thought to Indigenous 20 somethings from the US and abroad what would you say?

I would remind everyone to be kind. In a world with so much hate choose to always be kind.