Saturday, July 22, 2017

Our Culture

“The land and ocean, and all the creatures and plants, are the foundation of Quinault wellbeing. The natural environment supports community, family, livelihood and spiritual connection.” ~ Quinault 2012 Strategic Plan

In 2012, the QIN approved its own Cultural and Historic Resource Protection Act. The Act provides for an official Quinault registry of historic and culturally significant sites and resources. It requires that they be “preserved and protected to the maximum extent possible.”

Consultation with the QIN’s cultural resources officer is required prior to ground-disturbing activities such as timber harvest on the Reservation and within the QIN areas of interest, primarily within the Chehalis watershed. Federal agencies must consult with Indian tribes that attach religious and cultural significance to historic properties, regardless of their location. The goal is to protect cultural and natural resources such as archaeological sites, traditional indigenous use sites, forests, clean air and water, fish and wildlife in addition to the habitat that all require to survive and thrive.

The QIN is working to establish a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer to manage its cultural resource/archaeological responsibilities. At this time, agencies with programs within the Quinault area of interest must consult with the State Historical Preservation Office and the QIN’s acting cultural resources manager.

Clarence Pickernell

“This is my land
From the time of the first Moon till the time of the last Sun
It was given to my People
Wha-neh Wha-neh, the great giver of life, made me out of the Earth of this land
He said, ‘You are the land, and the land is you’
I take well care of this land, for I am part of it....”

-Clarence Pickernell, Taholah, WA

Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Quinault Division of Natural Resources Traditional Ecological Knowledge