As a follow up to our May 22 show, we hear the second half of a reading by Celilo Wy-am activist Lana Jack, Celilo Wyam activist from her short memoir “We are Here: The Story of the Celilo Wy-am is one of mourning, resilience and resistance,” which appears in the Spring edition of Oregon Humanities. Jack’s story homes in on the ongoing criminalization of Native fisher people on the Columbia River, the intergenerational trauma inflicted on Native families as the result of violence at government-supported residential schools charged with eradicating Native languages and cultures. And her story speaks also to the ongoing struggle to reconnect with– and revitalize– Indigenous languages, cultures, and First Foods, and to protect water, from Standing Rock to the Columbia River basin. The full reading will be posted following the show.
Photo of Lana Jack courtesy of the photographer, Josué Rivas.