“Klallam Klallam!” which means, “Strong People”

Clearly, many of us have felt traumatized over the past week of events and are still processing and trying to find a way to move forward. I want to share this story. Yesterday, we drove to the Olympic Peninsula. During our drive, we stopped on the Port Gamble Indian Reservation. After we saw a beautiful bald eagle cross our path which was breathtaking. I read up on who the S’Klallam people were. I learned that the tribe name means “The Strong People”. The reason they were known as the strong people is because:

One day, many tribes gathered at Elwha. The tribes devised a contest of strength to see who could lift a big log to the top of a longhouse being built nearby. Each tribe chose their strongest men. All visiting tribes tried to lift the log, but none were able. It was time for the mighty local tribe to give a try. Knowing logs float, they rolled the large log in the water. Their strongest young men walked in the water until it was up to their shoulders and walked out of the water carrying the log on their shoulders. The men lifted the log to the top for the longhouse. All the other tribes thought the locals must be very strong to put the log up so high and wise to use the water. They all shouted, “Klallam Klallam!” which means, “Strong People”

I feel this is very symbolic of where we are today.  We keep trying to lift this heavy log to build our future and are failing. Since we are from the same body of water maybe we need to step into the water and lift the log together?

We still have so much to learn from the Indigenous people of our lands.

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The Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything

Today I turn 42 and what I have learned so far about the meaning of my life, is that the most important things are to:

  1. Love Yourself!
  2. Take care and love of your family and friends
  3. Be kind
  4. Respect the Earth and all its creatures (except spiders ;-))
  5. Chase sunsets

I have so much gratitude and appreciation to all of you who have sent me Birthday wishes.  Thanks for showing me sooooo much love.

xoxo,

Em

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My first photo show at the Tukwila Revealed

tukwillaTUKWILA REVEALED | Duwamish Revealed – A Series of Art Installations, Performances, and Community Events along the Duwamish River – Summer 2015

Sunday, June 21
2 – 11 pm

11428058_10153451692978833_1908798008717800973_nEmiliana Chavez has been living in the funky Seattle neighborhood of Columbia City for the past 17 years. Hailing from picturesque New Mexico, she has come to the realization that she really enjoys taking photographs of the beauty that surrounds our everyday lives. She has also found that through social media, she has been able to share these aesthetic images that cross her path with not only friends and family but with a network of people across the globe.

For Tukwila Revealed, Emiliana will be showcasing physical prints of her photography. Emiliana says, “I started getting into photography just a few years ago, mostly for fun but soon came to find out that it is truly one of my passions. I enjoy taking photographs of grandiose landscapes, bodies of water, colorful and vibrant sunsets, birds, llamas and of my two super cute Chihuahuas, Paco and Cookie.”

More Information here: http://www.duwamishrevealed.com/tukwilarevealed

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A Duck, A Rooster, A Crow and A Rattlesnake Ledge

Hiking and biking

New and old friends

Beautiful Lands and Skies

Birds & Flowers Forever

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Sunset behind the Olympic Mountain Range and the Puget Sound

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View of the Cascade Mountains from Rattlesnake Ridge

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Chester Morse Lake off in the distance.

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Cascade Mountains

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Rattlesnake Lake

 

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My new crow friend who visits me multiple times a day.

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Seattle’s Great Wheel

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A Calla Lilly

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A duck drinking cloud water

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Microsoft Redwest Campus

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Cinco de Mayo Music at the Royal Room

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