Will Honor the Many Generations of Contributions by Native American Cultures
and the Bravery of their Veterans who Served in Foreign Was for the United States
The strength of our region's Native American people is shown over the thousands of years of culture and community that thrived and survived - until much of their lands, and in many cases, their lives and cultures, were lost to oblivion. Few remnants of those cultures remain in the greater Seattle areaa, for those who want to honor, respect and revive the important aspects of the Native American contribution to the Pacific Northwest. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." (George Santayana)
Even in modern times, the warrior spirit exemplified by the brave Native American men and women that passed through the gates of the Sand Point Naval Air Station (NAS) has been wholly disrespected - and all but forgotten. Many served gallantly in the service of a country - that same country who had unfairly relegated their ancestors to downtrodden lives with limited resources for subsistence and small set- asides of reservation land.
We will honor our Pacific Northwest Native American cultures in two, innovative and groundbreaking ways.
- Focused on our youth, the Native American wood crafting workshop will create real hands-on training experiences on ancient skills extant hundreds of years ago in crafting canoes and totem poles out of logs. Staffed by craftsmen steeped in Native American wood crafting techniques, these artist concepts will bridge the generations and revive the dignity and respect that our First People deserve. Magnuson Park is easily accessed by public transportation from every elementary school in the city, providing an after school activity that will have a lasting impact on our youth.
- A hallowed site will be created, honoring some of the many gallant Native Americans who spent time at Sand Point NAS before fighting in battle for our freedoms - some of those very same freedoms that they and their ancestors were denied during the colonization of North America. Draped in flags honoring their country and their Tribe, oral histories, video interviews and archived still pictures will leave a visitor with a new-found gratitude and respect for these noble - and largely un-thanked, and un- recognized warriors.
Funding for this initiative will be provided by corporate and private grants, educational and cultural foundations, donations and contributions from the cultures of our 27 Federally recognized Tribes in our state, voluntary admission and activity fees to use the facilities, sales proceeds from the works of art created, and from memorials graciously provided by those families of the veterans honored.
It is imperative that we, as a comparatively young society and community, begin to restore the debt of gratitude and respect that our original inhabitants earned over thousands of years. Our concept fulfills a long term imperative - an imperative whose realization is owed to those societies that came before our last few generations.