By, Robyn Pebeahsy, Tobacco Coalition Coordinator, SIHB
Honoring the Gift Traditions Pow Wow: Recognizing 40 years of the Seattle Indian Health Board, had a great turn out. The North Seattle Community College cafeteria was packed and full of visitors. Even the govener’s office had a representative there, the Washington State Secretary of Health, Mary Selecky.
There were quality vendors and a good variety of Non-Profit Health Stands present. The non-profits were made up of the Diabetes Healthy Heart Program, The SIHB Urban Indian Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition, Veteran’s Program, Prenatal Outreach, and many other programs had stands and did a good job of handing out “Breath Life Into Our Traditions” Eco-bags, posters and even tooth brushes. The break session that had a free dinner provided, smelled wonderful, the community really seemed to like and appreciate it.
Karl Anquoe’s memorial portion of the powwow was very eloquent and touching. The Coyote Soldier Boys drum group sang a beautiful song for their father and elder, and we know he is happy and proud of all your hardwork, accomplishments, and that you take the time to participate in a respectful way in our community. His teachings live on in you.
The employees and staff of the Seattle Indian Health Board were given an honor dance that put smiles on their faces as they were given SIHB T-shirts, and thanks by the community. In honor of Mother’s Day, an honor dance was given to the Life Givers who were in attendance, because you are all so key in our communities. Thank you to the powwow committee for a great powwow, awesome job!
Photo’s taken by J. Serpa: