Art For Indigenous Survival

Quileute of LaPush, Washington 2003

Returning for one week to La Push in 2003, Irma and I were joined by Stephanie Morimoto from the Chicago based, Women's Self-Employment Project. Irma and I led participants in making wolf heads. We will long remember sewing by the light of a very gray day in our cabin during a power outage due to an ice storm. Lack of electricity was not going to stop us.

Stephanie interviewed several tribal leaders and discussed the business possibilities of artists and crafts people within the community. She later produced a report for us on how best to encourage the economic interests of our participants and possible directions which Art for Indigenous Survival might take in the future. It was a fun but crammed week.