Living Wisdom from Coast Salish Elders
- PUBLISHED: December 2022
- SUBJECT LISTING: Native American and Indigenous Studies, Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir, Pacific Northwest
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 304 Pages, 9 x 10 in, 144 color illus., 1 map
- ISBN: 9780295748641
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
Dynamic and diverse, Coast Salish culture is bound together by shared values and relations that generate a resilient worldview. Jesintel—"to learn and grow together"—characterizes the spirit of this book, which brings the cultural teachings of nineteen elders to new generations.
Featuring interviews that share powerful experiences and stories, Jesintel illuminates the importance of ethical reciprocal relationships and the interconnectedness of places, land, water, and the spirit within all things. Elders offer their perspectives on language revitalization, Coast Salish family values and naming practices, salmon, sovereignty, canoe racing, and storytelling. They also share traumatic memories, including of their boarding school experiences and the epidemics that ravished their communities. Jesintel highlights the importance of maintaining relations and traditions in the face of ongoing struggles. Collaboration is at the heart of this work and informs how the editors and community came together to honor the boundless relations of Coast Salish people and their territories.
Authors & Contributors
Children of the Setting Sun Productions (CSSP) is a Native-owned and -operated production company headquartered in Bellingham, Washington. Darrell Hillaire (Lummi) is executive director of CSSP and Natasha Frey is principal of Setting Sun Institute, a subsidiary of CSSP. Fay "Beau" Garreau Jr. is Hunkpapa and Mnicoujou Lakota and a tribal member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, located in South Dakota, and runs DaKO.5TUDIOS." Includes contributions by Lynda Mapes of the Seattle Times and Nicole Brown, associate professor at Western Washington University. Danita Washington (Lummi) contributed an afterword.
A beautiful sharing of thriving Coast Salish communities. Indigenous elders, cultures, and languages have so much precious wisdom to share, and Jesintel celebrates these through storytelling and photos. It is a generous gift to anyone who wants to better understand the resilience of Indigenous communities.- Michelle M. Jacob (Yakama), author of The Auntie Way: Stories Celebrating Kindness, Fierceness, and Creativity