Protecting Mother Earth 2018

  Totem on the grounds at Wa He Lut Indian School, Frank’s Landing.    The school is located near the apex of the Nisqually delta and estuary, which adjoins the Puget Sound. The name, Wa He Lut, comes from a Nisqually warrior and medicine man whose power flowed from thunder and lightning. Wa He Lut Indian School was founded in 1974 by T. Maiselle Bridges and members of the Frank's Landing Indian Community. Their vision for the school was to ensure that Native American children would get funding for the education they were promised in the Medicine Creek treaty.

Totem on the grounds at Wa He Lut Indian School, Frank’s Landing.

The school is located near the apex of the Nisqually delta and estuary, which adjoins the Puget Sound. The name, Wa He Lut, comes from a Nisqually warrior and medicine man whose power flowed from thunder and lightning. Wa He Lut Indian School was founded in 1974 by T. Maiselle Bridges and members of the Frank's Landing Indian Community. Their vision for the school was to ensure that Native American children would get funding for the education they were promised in the Medicine Creek treaty.

  Lighting of the sacred fire.   Nisqually tribal councilman Hanford McCloud lights the 17th sacred fire. The coals of the sacred fire have been carried since the first Protecting Mother Earth conference in 1990.

Lighting of the sacred fire.

Nisqually tribal councilman Hanford McCloud lights the 17th sacred fire. The coals of the sacred fire have been carried since the first Protecting Mother Earth conference in 1990.

  Tom BK Goldtooth, Director of Indigenous Environmental Network welcoming attendees to PME 2018.

Tom BK Goldtooth, Director of Indigenous Environmental Network welcoming attendees to PME 2018.

  Banner hung near campsites.

Banner hung near campsites.

  Seeding Sovereignty board member Linda Black Elk, with family.

Seeding Sovereignty board member Linda Black Elk, with family.

  Grandmothers. 

Grandmothers. 

  Day 1 sessions begin.

Day 1 sessions begin.

  Water protector bus arriving from Oklahoma.

Water protector bus arriving from Oklahoma.

  Campsite signage.

Campsite signage.

  Morning light on day 2.

Morning light on day 2.

  Banner from the Native Nations Rise march in Washington, D.C., 2017. 

Banner from the Native Nations Rise march in Washington, D.C., 2017. 

  Plant walk with ethnobotanist Linda Black Elk.

Plant walk with ethnobotanist Linda Black Elk.

  On-site daycare provided by volunteers.

On-site daycare provided by volunteers.

  Young girl gets painted by member of the Federation of the Huni Kui tribe of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.

Young girl gets painted by member of the Federation of the Huni Kui tribe of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.

  Former bus kitchen used in Standing Rock turned into a mobile apothecary for herbalists and healers that are part of the Canoe Journey Herbalist collective.

Former bus kitchen used in Standing Rock turned into a mobile apothecary for herbalists and healers that are part of the Canoe Journey Herbalist collective.

  Youth paint the Canoe Journey Herbalists’ bus.

Youth paint the Canoe Journey Herbalists’ bus.

  Resident chefs, feeding hundreds daily.

Resident chefs, feeding hundreds daily.

  Seeding Sovereignty’s Christine Nobiss speaking during her session, “Iowa: Colonized Landscape on Turtle Island; An Indigenous Perspective.”

Seeding Sovereignty’s Christine Nobiss speaking during her session, “Iowa: Colonized Landscape on Turtle Island; An Indigenous Perspective.”

  Sign taken to a prayer action at a Tacoma detention center holding immigrant children erected on the grounds for the duration of the conference. 

Sign taken to a prayer action at a Tacoma detention center holding immigrant children erected on the grounds for the duration of the conference. 

  Youth Voice Amplifier Eryn Wise being painted by a member of the Federation of the Huni Kui tribe.

Youth Voice Amplifier Eryn Wise being painted by a member of the Federation of the Huni Kui tribe.

  Final family portrait, Protecting Mother Earth 2018. 

Final family portrait, Protecting Mother Earth 2018. 

Eryn Wise