“Don’t be like me. When I was in school that’s how we talked – with our eyebrows. And we talked with our head. You know why, because we were not allowed to talk.
That’s why I say to you guys all the time learn how to use your voice. Be proud of it, don’t be ashamed of it.
When someone asks you a question, don’t just not your head. That’s what I say to you guys, talk with your voice ok.
Don’t be shy. Be proud of who you are. From here…from your heart.”
Hesquiaht Elder, Patrick Charleson Jr
Photography: Donovan Williams, Jacine Charleson, Kevin Charleson, Patrick Charleson IV, Rakaylyn Charleson