by Children of the Setting Sun Productions
“As taught by the old people, everybody carries a certain gift and these gifts are to be passed to the next generation. The ancestors’ wisdom is remembered through their lives. Their spiritual connection comes from being in touch with our past, with the earth, the water, and the people.” —Jesintel, Children of the Setting Sun Productions
Photo courtesy of Children of the Setting Sun Productions
The Co-op is honored to host a special First Friday and October art show in collaboration with the Lummi community featuring photos from Jesintel—meaning to learn and grow together.
Children of the Setting Sun Productions and the Lummi Youth Canoe Family will participate in the October First Friday Art Walk from 6 to 8 pm Friday, October 6, in the Co-op’s Downtown store.
Lummi Youth Canoe Family will share canoe family songs and stories from their international and regional travels, and Children of the Setting Sun Productions will share stories and prints from its Jesintel book and educational project.
Lummi Youth Canoe Family
The Lummi Youth Canoe Family are Lummi youth between the ages of 13–21 who engage in our culture by preparing for the annual canoe journey and international cultural exchange opportunities. Our desire is to learn who we are as Lummi People while protecting, promoting, and preserving our strong Lummi values and Sche’lang’en (Way of Life).
The Lummi Youth Canoe Family grows together, laughs together, cries together, heals together, and pulls together as One.
Photos courtesy of Lummi Youth Canoe Family
As youth, we are empowering youth and communities around us to stand up for their rights and to be the voice of the next generation. Currently we are raising funds to travel to New Zealand for cultural exchange.
Children of the Setting Sun Productions
Children of the Setting Sun Productions (CSSP), enlivens the rich history, legacies, stories, and historical traditions of the Salish people. CSSP is one year into the development of Jesintel: To Learn and Grow Together, a book of interviews, stories, and photographs of Coast Salish elders.
The stories of suffering, resilience, and ultimately joy are found in our Sche’lang’en—teachings highly specific to the Salish culture and location yet relevant to a developing outward-facing global understanding of earth indigenousness.
They convey an essence of humanity through ancestral teachings on place, matrilineal law, natural law, the power of the giveaway, resiliency, and pursuit of spirit.
We are also documenting the bioregional consequences of environmental and climate change—following “the miner’s canary,” our wild Pacific sockeye, through their four-year cycle and their relationship to our people since time immemorial—in a film tentatively called Spirit of the Sockeye.
Photo and meme by Beau Garreau, Children of The Setting Sun Productions
In August, CSSP broke the tragic story of the net-pen farmed Atlantic salmon and are continuing to provide information as the event unfolds.
Follow our coverage on Facebook. We are very concerned about the health and viability of life for Pacific salmon—both the center of our traditional subsistence economy and diet, and the interconnector species of our regional environment.
Children of the Setting Sun Productions and the Lummi Youth Canoe Family invite you to join them on October 6 and to visit the Jesintel exhibit and share in the gifts of their elders. Panels from Jesintel will be on display in the Co-op’s Downtown store mezzanine through the end of October.