Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog
Neighboring Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School have the largest Native population of any school in Seattle Public Schools, according to Sealth principal Aida Fraser-Hammer, who hosted the schools’ first Indigenous Peoples’ Day assembly today.
Leda Costa was there for WSB – more of her photos, ahead:
The students who were onstage weren’t just performers. Below, Sierra Carpitcher (Seminole/Creek Nations) spoke about the Dakota Access Pipeline situation, which has brought a massive turnout of Native/Indigenous people and their allies to the Midwest to try to stop the controversial pipeline.
There was poetry, too – Michaela Yellowbear (Northern Arapaho) and Dominique Salinas (Jicarilla Apache) recited their poem “What Do You See?”:
Salinas also danced with Marcos Arellano Martinez:
Pacific Islanders were spotlighted at the assembly too – these students represented Fiji, Hawai’i, the Philippines, Samoa, Tahiti, Thailand, and Tonga;
From the Chief Sealth Folklorico Club, four members performed the Dancza Del Fuego (Fire Dance):
And Juan Betancourt and his family, representing the Squamish/Blackfeet/Yakama Nations, performed a Grass Dance:
Sealth also is home to the Native leadership class Šǝqačib.