My name is Brian Frisina aka Raven Redbone, I host a weekly local First Peoples Radio program called “Make No Bones About It” on KAOS radio 89.3 FM here in the Whulge (or Whulj). I came to Olympia going on 12 year now. When I got to this area I was wondering why I do not see any First Peoples in Olympia. When I began to ask the question why?In doing so, I have found out many truths that I will not get into right now, but I would like to say its a common story amongst all the First Peoples of Earth. What I found out, and continue to find is not good.
I am observing in the First Peoples community a healing happening to a deep wound. The last 8 years or so, a group of us have been gathering downtown in the area that the colonial folks call Heritage Park. In doing some research I have found that this location on the southernmost point of Whulge (or Whulj), the peninsula known as Olympia was “bus-chut-hwud” (pronunciation in Lushootseed) meaning (place of) black bears and Stci-hwun (in Chehalis) (Olympia) to the Coastal Salish who occupied the site for many generations before the American settlement was established. I would like to add a disclaimer that I am not a Lushootseed speaking person and know that the First Peoples are very diverse but in asking many folks around the name is correct. For me, I would like to call a place the name it was given. Wouldn’t you? Here is some other information I came across.
The Welcome (Raising Donations for Turtle Woman Rising)
Thursday October 6, 2011 7pm Traditions 300 5th and Water Street, Olympia
"The Welcome" is a film about a group of two dozen troubled military veterans -- some of whom served in Vietnam, som...e in Afghanistan and Iraq -- who came together at a retreat near Ashland in the spring of 2008 to learn how to share their stories, first with one another and then with an audience at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on Memorial Day.
This is a ceremony we ask that you come in a good way and join us in creating the world we wish to be living. – Raven
Turtle Women Rising 2011Sacred Earth: Many Beats, One Heart
Dawn, October 7 - October 10, 2011
Bəsčətxwəd, Place of the Black Bear, 5th and Water Street, Olympia, Washington. Join us at the "bus-chut-hwud” (pronunciation in Lushootseed) meaning (place of the) black bear, a gathering site (Potlatch) for many Coastal Salish tribes: Chehalis, Nisqually, Duwamish and Squaxin. Let our prayers restore this area, once an estuary, as we vision the ancient canoes coming back to this ancient gathering place. Come share this vision of peace. As the Elders tell us, it is time for us all to come together and share.
Water Blessing Join Us anywhere on Mother EarthDate: Saturday, April 24, 2010 Time: 8:00am – 10:00am Location: Water Street (Capital Lake Park) City/Town: Olympia, WA http://sacredceremonialsforthesalishsea.wordpress.com/event/
Turtle Woman Rising Drum for Peace: Oct. 10-13, Capital steps, Washington DC. There will also be a Drum For Peace on the Capital steps in Olympia, WA during the same time. Gather where ever you are on those days and drum for peace. More on "Make No Bones About It" and blog "Ranting Raven – Make No Bones About It" www.ravenredbone.blogvis.com
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KAOS Development Director
JohN TRUDELL IN OLYMPIA – Give Love, Give Life!!
"This planned sitting of the People of Earth will demonstrate the love and faith we feel for the goodness of our world and Her inhabitants. We are the catalysts for the healing of Mother Earth. A true believer has the power ten-fold, so if you only think you may believe, know that the faith of others will boost your faith, and the power will be intensified. That is why we must all sit at the same time. We will feed each others' power, strengthening the force of delivery, and compounding the energy we send into the core of our Home. Each and every one of us is powerful and significant on our own, but united, we are the most powerful source of creative energy on the Planet. The creative power of God lives within all of us -- we are literally the Seeds of Diety."
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