A man beats a Native drum while a woman stands nearby.

Native Voices Celebrated at Clark College

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON — The Native Voices traveling exhibition’s stop at Clark College was celebrated by a blessing ceremony, a community-generated book display, and related historical exhibits. The exhibition’s opening on February 9 was led by Chinook tribal elder (and Clark alumnus) Sam Robinson as he began a blessing ceremony that featured drummers and singing. In…

Forquera and Squetimkin-Anquoe Open the Native Voices Traveling Exhibition at the U. of Washington

SEATTLE, WA — In an emotionally powerful spiritual blessing ceremony led by Annette Squetimkin-Anquoe, PhD, the Native Voices traveling exhibition opened at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library last spring. A member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, Dr. Squetimkin-Anquoe shared a brief history of each element of her Native blessing and captivated the audience…

NLM healing totem journey – Seattle blessing

Seattle Center (September 13, 2011) – The healing totem brought us good fortune today as impending rain stayed away and more than 100 persons were treated to diverse presentations about its symbolic importance. Ralph Forquera, the executive director of the Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) underscored that health was an ideal theme for diverse Native…

Guest blog – Seattle blessing

Seattle, WA. Center – (Sept. 13, 2011)  – Although I attended other Native American ceremonies, such as pow-pows, a Salmon Homecoming, and a Canoe Welcoming, I never experienced a totem blessing ceremony until this morning. Kauila Clark, a Traditional Healer from the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Oahu, Hawaii, performed a moving ceremony using tea…

NLM healing totem – Semiahmoo blessing

Semiahmoo, WA.- Jewell James and Lummi tribal officials introduced the NLM Healing Totem by noting its purpose is to heal. They explained one of the purposes of the Healing Totem is to address the historical trauma of America’s Native Peoples. However, they quickly added the Healing Totem is a gift to all Americans who have…