To interpret what I said is merely an introduction. Hello my friends and relatives. I’m happy to be here today and my name is Pauline Hillaire and I come from the Lummi Nation.
Today I’d like to share with everyone that I am a storyteller. I am a historian. I’m a genealogist and I tell legends in schools and teach Indian songs to the kids to pass it on. It’s time for sharing. One of the things I do talk about in schools is the true stories – especially from the government documents.
I just said, “Hi”. My Tlingit name is Guy Yaaw’. I’m from the T’akdeintaan Clan, the Raven Freshwater Sockeye Clan from Hoonah, Alaska. I’m the child of Wooshketaan, Eagle Thunderbird Clan (L) in Juneau, Alaska. The original name of Juneau is called (L)”the place where the flounders gather”.
I’m the grandchild of a Thunderbird, (speaks in language). I am Tlingit, Cherokee and Filipino.
I’m Vi (Taq.Se.Blu) Hilbert, daughter of Louise and Charlie Anderson, from the Upper Scagit tribe, which is near Cedar Woolley near the Scagit River.
The cedar and the salmon. People in our culture, the salmon were people. Each species was known to come and go at certain times and they were honored for the lives that they gave to my people for sustenance. They were honored in song and prayer. They were spoken to as if they would understand everything that was said to them because everything that has life also has spirit.