DONATIONS NEEDED FOR FILM of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound)

Thanks to the Dr. Emoto events, a photographer with a 360 degree camera like Google Earth uses and a videographer have volunteered to fly over the Salish Sea from Olympia (Puget Sound) to Campbell River in BC (Strait of Georgia) and create a stunning film that will be available to all non-profit websites that are helping to clean up and care for the Salish Sea. A helicopter pilot has volunteered his helicopter and time.

We can all help create this film. Please donate through the Paypal account for the Sacred Ceremonials for the Salish Sea website: or send a check to: World Temperate Rainforest Network, PO Box 13273, Olympia, WA 98508.

Thank you, with Love and Gratitude.

Pat Rasmussen
World Temperate Rainforest Network


Raven Redbone talks to  his special guest Rebecca Chamberlain  on “Make No Bones About It” KAOS radio 89.3 FM in Olympia about the upcoming event at the Longhouse with Dr. Emoto.

LISTEN TO : Make No Bones About It

Lushootseed noters for Raven Redbone

Thanksgiving Address

Greetings to the Natural World

The People

Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people.

Now our minds are one.

The Earth Mother

We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother, we send greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Waters

We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms-waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of Water.

Now our minds are one.

The Fish

We turn our minds to the all the Fish life in the water. They were instructed to cleanse and purify the water. They also give themselves to us as food. We are grateful that we can still find pure water. So, we turn now to the Fish and send our greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Plants

Now we turn toward the vast fields of Plant life. As far as the eye can see, the Plants grow, working many wonders. They sustain many life forms. With our minds gathered together, we give thanks and look forward to seeing Plant life for many generations to come.

Now our minds are one.

The Food Plants

With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting of thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Medicine Herbs

Now we turn to all the Medicine herbs of the world. From the beginning they were instructed to take away sickness. They are always waiting and ready to heal us. We are happy there are still among us those special few who remember how to use these plants for healing. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the Medicines and to the keepers of the Medicines.

Now our minds are one.

The Animals

We gather our minds together to send greetings and thanks to all the Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us as people. We are honored by them when they give up their lives so we may use their bodies as food for our people. We see them near our homes and in the deep forests. We are glad they are still here and we hope that it will always be so.

Now our minds are one

The Trees

We now turn our thoughts to the Trees. The Earth has many families of Trees who have their own instructions and uses. Some provide us with shelter and shade, others with fruit, beauty and other useful things. Many people of the world use a Tree as a symbol of peace and strength. With one mind, we greet and thank the Tree life.

Now our minds are one.

The Birds

We put our minds together as one and thank all the Birds who move and fly about over our heads. The Creator gave them beautiful songs. Each day they remind us to enjoy and appreciate life. The Eagle was chosen to be their leader. To all the Birds-from the smallest to the largest-we send our joyful greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Four Winds

We are all thankful to the powers we know as the Four Winds. We hear their voices in the moving air as they refresh us and purify the air we breathe. They help us to bring the change of seasons. From the four directions they come, bringing us messages and giving us strength. With one mind, we send our greetings and thanks to the Four Winds.

Now our minds are one.

The Thunderers

Now we turn to the west where our grandfathers, the Thunder Beings, live. With lightning and thundering voices, they bring with them the water that renews life. We are thankful that they keep those evil things made by Okwiseres underground. We bring our minds together as one to send greetings and thanks to our Grandfathers, the Thunderers.

Now our minds are one.

The Sun

We now send greetings and thanks to our eldest Brother, the Sun. Each day without fail he travels the sky from east to west, bringing the light of a new day. He is the source of all the fires of life. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Brother, the Sun.

Now our minds are one.

Grandmother Moon

We put our minds together to give thanks to our oldest Grandmother, the Moon, who lights the night-time sky. She is the leader of woman all over the world, and she governs the movement of the ocean tides. By her changing face we measure time, and it is the Moon who watches over the arrival of children here on Earth. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Grandmother, the Moon.

Now our minds are one.

The Stars

We give thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like jewelry. We see them in the night, helping the Moon to light the darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing things. When we travel at night, they guide us home. With our minds gathered together as one, we send greetings and thanks to the Stars.

Now our minds are one.

The Enlightened Teachers

We gather our minds to greet and thank the enlightened Teachers who have come to help throughout the ages. When we forget how to live in harmony, they remind us of the way we were instructed to live as people. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to these caring teachers.

Now our minds are one.

The Creator

Now we turn our thoughts to the creator, or Great Spirit, and send greetings and thanks for all the gifts of Creation. Everything we need to live a good life is here on this Mother Earth. For all the love that is still around us, we gather our minds together as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the Creator.

Now our minds are one.

Closing Words

We have now arrived at the place where we end our words. Of all the things we have named, it was not our intention to leave anything out. If something was forgotten, we leave it to each individual to send such greetings and thanks in their own way.

Now our minds are one.

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Shadow of the Salmon
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The story of a young man from Lakota Nation who comes to the Pacific Northwest to visit his Coastal Salish relatives. During his visit, he experiences many things, and learns much about salmon and the Northwest environment. He witnesses the annual Canoe Journey and helps respond to an oil spill in the river

Each river and bay is worth the fight to protect it
Jun 18 2008 · UPDATED

By Billy Frank Jr.

Step by step, we are working to restore the health of Puget Sound, the rivers and our Pacific coast.

We’re working through the Puget Sound Partnership clean-up effort and also implementing the Tribal/State Ocean Ecosystem Initiative — an ecosystem-based approach to management of our Pacific coastal waters — to make this part of the world a healthier place for all of us to call home.

But we’ve really just begun the work needed to repair centuries of environmental abuses. That’s why it’s important to acknowledge where progress is being made, so others can learn from the example and be encouraged. Port Gamble Bay is a good example of what happens when voices are raised together from the nooks and crannies of western Washington.

Situated on Puget Sound near Hood Canal, the bay is home to a large population of herring, salmon, shellfish — and the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe.

Port Gamble Bay has one of the largest remaining herring stocks in Puget Sound. Herring are an important indicator species of the health of the underwater environment. They are a primary food source for Puget Sound chinook and steelhead, both listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act. The bay is also home to two large geoduck tracts and acres of oyster and clam beds along the tribe’s reservation tidelands.

The bay’s natural resources are priceless to the tribe, but are increasingly threatened by developers.

For 150 years, the bay, fish, wildlife and the tribe suffered from the environmental impacts of the Port Gamble Mill operations until its closure in the mid-1990s. That’s why I am especially encouraged by a recent state Department of Ecology announcement of plans to further clean up the old sawmill site. Contaminated soils and wood debris will be removed, and more cleanup work is planned in cooperation with the tribe and public.

Still, development pressure on the bay continues today. The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe recently fended off construction of a proposed 165-foot-long multi-use dock at the old mill site. Adding manmade structures puts the bay’s environment at risk on a variety of levels. Docks create shade, which in turn harms eelgrass and other species important to herring and salmon.

The tribe already is concerned about possible shellfish bed closures by the state Department of Health in response to pollution from marinas in the area. Increased boat traffic around the proposed dock would only add to the problem.

Every day, struggles like Port Gamble Bay are playing out all over western Washington. Each river, bay and creek is worth the fight it takes to protect and preserve it, because each contributes to a restored healthy environment.

If you listen carefully, you’ll hear a voice supporting all of these efforts, a voice that may sometimes be hard to hear. It’s the voice of generations yet to come, and their message is strong: we’re counting on you. 

— Billy Frank Jr.. Nisqually, is chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. Members with ties to the San Juan Islands include the Lummi Indian Nation, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and The Tulalip Tribes.