Compiled by Judy Wood
We had the pleasure of speaking to a very intelligent and informative man today. His name is Joseph David, and he is the person who designed the logo for the Return Of The Salmon Celebration, to be held Sept. 28 in Sultan.
The logo features a circle, representing the continual cycle of life. Inside the circle are a male and a female salmon. The red eggs in the center signify the beginning of life for the salmon, and the white signifies the life in the female that is yet to come.
Joseph’s ancestry is from the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, and is located on the west coast from Neah Bay to the northern tip of Vancouver Island. This includes the Makah. His father was a migrant worker and he helped build Tillicum Village for the World’s Fair. His wife, Liberty David, is from the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma.
Both Joseph and his wife are very proud of their ancestry and are anxious to pass it on to the children through potlatches, dances, drums, and canoe journeys. Their daughter, Lilyahna, is involved in Native dancing.
Joseph is a fascinating man with a fascinating story to tell. His people lived in longhouses, and did not have to move from place to place because of the abundance of food. They made their clothes out of cedar bark that was pounded until it had the consistency of wool. They did not use skins or leather because it would have rotted in the wet climate. Some nations used grasses for their huts and clothes; it all depended on their surroundings and their circumstances.
Joseph wanted to make it understood that, much like the rest of the world, each nation of Native Americans is very different and unique in their own way.
Since Sultan was named after Chief T’seul-Ted and the salmon are so connected with Native Americans, it helps to learn as much as we can about their heritage in order to enjoy the celebration more.
Our own Jim Cowardin was a big winner at the fair! He won lots of first places in canning and jellies, and first place in cheesecake. His ribbons are really pretty, every color from pink to gold to blue to red and every combination thereof; except one, and that one is red, white, and blue. So there is always next year and Jim will be back to compete again. He starts in February.
Paula Thomas performed at Benaroya Hall Sept. 16. She will also sing there Sept. 22 during A Day Of Music, which features several groups and performances during that day. Paula will perform with the symphony at 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Admittance for that day is free. Break a leg ,Paula!
Block Watch is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Sultan Library’s Jackie Personius is so proud of the children who were enrolled in the Summer Reading Program there. There were 144 kids enrolled; they read 122,000 pages! Don’t forget the Book and Bake Sale on Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.