Quinault Tribal Lands Day
The Quinault Tribal Lands Day was host to sixteen Taholah high school students and an equal number of Quinault Elders, school officials and Quinault Division of Natural Resources team members that toured the Quinault Indian Nation on September 27, 2012, for the first-ever Tribal Lands Day.
The group stopped at five sites to learn about their historical, cultural and ecological importance from tribal Elders and Quinault Division of Natural Resources technical team. The day concluded with a salmon dinner and gift-giving at the Community Center in collaboration with the Quinault Prevention program.
Quinault Tribal Lands Day Stories
Students particularly enjoyed the stories of Quinault Elder Francis Rosander who has lived much of his life on the Quinault Indian Nation. Mr. Rosander and long-time tribal employee and photographer Larry Workman provided a running narrative and historical context as attendees rode the bus and hiked through the forest and along the Quinault River to selected sites.
They pointed out places where significant events had occurred and drew attention to features such as remnants of a wild cranberry bog that were important to the traditional culture of coastal Salish peoples. The magnificent Canoe Stand with its towering cedars, lush ferns and utter peace was a highlight for the students, many of whom had never been to the site.
Quinault Tribal Lands Day Partners
Tribal Lands Day was coordinated by QDNR along with partners in the event which included Quinault Elders, community members, tribal administration, Taholah School District, Quinault Prevention Program, Quinault Tribal Enterprises, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Funding was provided, in part, by the National Environmental Education Foundation.
It is hoped that this will become an annual event to encourage youth involvement with the natural resources of the Quinault Indian Nation.
Forestry Manager, Jim Plampin » 360.276.8215 x290
Timber Sale Administrator, Justin Madanifard » 360.276.8215 x563
Other Quinault Tribal Lands Day Resources:
Quinault Indian Nation (Wikipedia)