“I’d say to them that always keep your head up, be proud of who you are, be proud to be Indian, not because somebody says “…you’re Indian” [as an insult], like we were.
Be proud of…be who you are, and be proud of your family.
I learnt a while ago that – a white guy came to me and told me this.
He said, “…you know we are two different peoples our races. ”
He was saying, “…us white people we are proud of material things. I got a home, I got a boat, I got a house, I got a car.”
But he said to me, “…native people – you guys are about family, you look after family first.”
And that’s what I tell them, look after your family. Be proud of them. Don’t be swayed because of how other people are, be proud of who you are yourself, from here [the heart].”
Hesquiaht Elder, Patrick Charleson Jr
Photography: Donovan Williams, Jacine Charleson, Kevin Charleson, Patrick Charleson IV, Rakaylyn Charleson