Our good friend and ICL family member Titus Capoeman of the Quinault Nation in Washington State brought us together online from many locations to teach us traditional drum making. Nearly 70 youth leaders and staff made drums and learned a gratitude song Titus wrote and gifted to us.
During our annual “Days of Gratitude”–held during the Thanksgiving weekend–youth leaders, staff and guests explored the deep connections of gratitude, self-transformation and the creation of what Dr. King calls “the beloved community.”
We study the importance of Native sovereignty for our democracy and understanding the truth and myths about the story of Thanksgiving.
This year we convened in person, practicing physical distancing, wearing masks and meeting outdoors with a substantial cohort of youth, staff and guests joining us online.