Teachings of the First People
My name is Roger Fernandes. My native name is Kawasa. I’m a member of Lower Elwha Band of the S’Klallam Indians from the Port Angeles area of the state of Washington.
I was born and raised in the Seattle area. My mother moved to the city when she was a young woman and I was born in 1951 in Seattle. So I guess I’m what you would call an urban Indian, in some regards that makes life difficult in figuring out your native identity. In other regards it can be seen as an asset.