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2 Head Start Students Graduate and Event Teaches Children About Celebrate With Families and Friends the Hazards of Smoking By Lorrie Bonifer, Prevention Specialist On June 17, Jesse Youckton and Meghan cigarette smoke, we are being exposed to Sullivan, from a non-proft organization secondhand tobacco smoke! Secondhand called TOGETHER that focuses on youth smoke (SHS) outdoors does not just foat violence, alcohol, tobacco and drug away. On a windless day, secondhand smoke prevention in Thurston County, helped lead initially rises, but as it cools it begins to sink a tobacco trash clean up day which began and will hang in the typical breath space at the Youth Center. The event occurred for children and adults. If there is wind, the in collaboration with the Chehalis Tribe smoke can often blow right into someone’s Substance Abuse, Tobacco Prevention face. Secondhand smoke contains a large Program and the SDPI Diabetes Programs. quantity of reparable particles which can Healthy breakfast smoothies, and a healthy cause not only breathing diffculties for lunch was provided to all the volunteers. those with chronic respiratory diseases Using gloves and plastic baggies, over but also eye, nose, and throat irritation 15 participants walked around the Youth upon contact in healthy people. Some Center, the baseball felds, Head Start health effects associated with exposure The 2009 Head Start graduates are off to kindergarten. Bottom row (LR): and Elders Center, Tribal Center, and the to secondhand smoke include decreased Xander Klatush, Brandy Fair, Kassidie Jones-Caprio, James Woosley, Wellness Center collecting approximately 10 respiratory function, and pulmonary Kaylena Delgado. Middle row (LR): Christopher Lewis, Marissa Kohl, Sara pounds of cigarette butts, cigarette and chew development in children, as well as reduced Petrick, Tristan Knutson, Emily Hipps, Mei-lien Tanner, Josalyn Wilder, can packages, etc! immune function in people of all ages. SHS Anthony Groninger. Top row (LR): Annie Brown, Antonio Garcia Del Rio, Discarded cigarette butts, packages, causes hundreds of thousands of cases of Javier Gutierrez, Tiani Carr, Caitlin Berg, Kai Ramirez, Derek Ruymann. and other tobacco-related debris pose a pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, and middle Pictured on front page: Timbre Hill. Not pictured: Shayden Baker. signifcant litter burden. Cigarette butts are ear infections, as well as sudden infant death By Tracy Mitchell, Pre-K Teacher the most littered item in the world. Cigarette syndrome (SIDS) and also triggers and exacerbates asthma attacks. butts are non-biodegradable, and they fnd Twenty-one children graduated from the graduates and recited excerpts from “Oh their way into storm drains and then end up Assisting and supporting people to Chehalis Tribal Head Start program and the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. Each poisoning fsh and birds who swallow them quit tobacco is an important goal for are off to kindergarten. The graduation graduate received a cedar medallion made as well as polluting our rivers and oceans. communities who are concerned about all ceremony was held at the Youth Center on by Elder Evelyn Penn. They also received Butts are also a potential hazard to of the health consequences for tobacco June 26. Diane Devlin and Sally Pikutark graduation photos, a sweatshirt and a back young children. Poison control centers users and folks who encounter second hand presented a beautiful inlaid globe that pack which was purchased with money and emergency rooms report incidents smoke. On average it takes eight attempts belonged to their late brother, Terry Devlin. raised by the parents of the graduates. The caused by children ingesting cigarette for people to successfully kick the habit. The The globe symbolizes one of Terry’s wishes Lucky Eagle Casino donated a delicious butts. In addition, children can be burned Washington State Tobacco Quit Line offers for the children of the Chehalis Tribe: He meal for the families and community. by adults holding cigarettes down by their free information and help quitting online and wanted them to have the world. The globe We would like to thank the Business sides, which are just at the right height over the phone: or 1-800- now stands in the foyer of the Head Start Committee, Tony Medina and the Youth of children’s faces and arms. Discarded QUIT-NOW. Contacting the Quit Line can building to be admired by all, and will be Center staff, the Lucky Eagle Casino, the smoldering cigarettes can also burn children double people’s chances of success! shared throughout the classrooms for all the parents of the graduates and the community who are barefoot or who pick up the butts The Substance Abuse, Tobacco children to enjoy. for supporting this event. It was a time of with curious fngers. Cigarettes also pose a Prevention Coordinator, Lorrie Bonifer, the Chairman David Burnett spoke to the celebration and joy. signifcant fre danger, killing more young Youth Center and TOGETHER! Staff will children than all other unintentional injuries be collaborating to organize another tobacco Tribe’s Drum-Making Class Illustrates combined according to the University of trash clean up event (see fyer page 4). All litter that is collected will be presented to Wisconsin School of Medicine. Signifcance of Drums to Native People Youth are also very impressionable. They the Business Committee this fall. We will be requesting the committee to consider watch their parents and Elders, learning from their behaviors more than their words. potential opportunities to better protect the By Dianne Devlin Cultural Coordinator tribes beat on the outside of the drum, except When youth are exposed to adult role health of all of our tribal members including the Inuit of the far north who beat against models smoking, they learn that smoking our youth and Elders, whose immune On June 20, 17 community members the inside. attended a drum making class sponsored Drum materials from tribes across is socially acceptable. The risk for children systems are more fragile while preventing by the Cultural Program which offered two America were modifed to ft available becoming smokers or using tobacco is our youth from starting to use tobacco. If types of drums for participants to make reduced when the role modeling of adult you are interested in quitting smoking or a traditional hand-held Salish drum with regional materials. Tribes still use many of smoking is taken away. working toward clean air policies, please a frame made of steam-bent wood and a the same materials to make drums today. Tobacco use also exposes everyone to contact Lorrie Bonifer at 360-709-1717 Rawhides are stretched and tied over the smaller version of a hand-held drum (the drum to create the drumhead. The base secondhand smoke. baby drum) made from an eight-sided of drums varies. Some are made from Anytime we smell wooden frame for children eight years old and under. Both types of drums where hollowed-out tree trunks. Others are wood single-sided drums. The baby drums were panels bent into circles, or wood made into eight-sided frames. offered to young children, parents, and Single-headed drums commonly utilize grandparents who wanted to make a drum  deer, cow or caribou hide stretched across for their little ones. The smaller drum frames where hand-crafted by a local wood worker, a wooden frame that has been soaked and Foster Gillie. formed into a circle. Double-headed drums (covered by After participants completed their drums,  hide on top and bottom) are also used they made drum sticks out of branches with by numerous tribes and have become a wrapped rawhide tips. Each drum stick was cut to a specifc length for each person, fxture on the Powwow circuit. so that they would feel comfortable while  Kettle drums are usually made from wooden, ceramic or metal containers drumming. covered with some type of hide or rubber. A second class will be offered in the latter Often the kettle drums are flled with part of July with the remaining materials left over from this class. We had 25 adult drum small amounts of water to give a different kits and 25 children drum kits. Most of the tone. These are referred to as water drums and used most commonly by the Native adult drum kits were used for this class. This American Church. means most of the drum kits for our next class are for children. We are hoping many Why You Keep Your First Drum On Kick-Butt Day, volunteers and youth picked up about 10 pounds of parents or grandparents will want to make cigarette butts. Top (LR): Tres Meddaugh Daniels, Jacqueline Bray, Johnny a special gift for their budding traditional The drum is a powerful instrument and Atkins, Anne Marie Youckton, Isaak Hofstetter, Zachary Vanuelos. Middle is broadly considered to be the frst musical singers. instrument used by humans. Indigenous (LR) : Savanna Bush-Bird, Leo Daniels. Front: Meghan Sullivan, Jared people throughout America refer to the drum Simmons, Jesse Youckton. Not pictured: Kirsten Secena, Tianna Kalama Drums Have Long History and Dewey Gleason Wheeler. Drum making dates back hundreds, if not as the “heartbeat of Mother Earth”. Drums thousands, of years. Because of the types of are used for dances, ceremonies, games Chehalis Business Committee and sacred practices. In the Americas, the materials used, most drums did not survive drum has a history that dates back to pre- David Burnett, Chairman to tell their stories. What we do know is Columbian times. Remnants of wooden Tribal Don Secena, Vice Chairman that drums fall into three categories: Single- Newsletter Jessie Goddard, Treasurer headed drums, double-headed drums and cylinder drums, and small pottery drums Cheryle Starr, Secretary kettle drums. All of these drums are beaten found in Central Mexico, Peru, and other 420 Howanut Road Dan Gleason, Sr., 5th Council Member parts of America have dated back to AD with sticks of many shapes and sizes. Most Oakville, WA 98568 700: Older examples most Chehalis Tribal Newsletter Staff: likely existed but succumbed (360) 273-5911 (office) Fred Shortman, Communications to the elements. (360) 273-5914 (fax) Coordinator It is our tradition that the frst time you make Articles and opinions expressed in this something, you must give publication are not necessarily the opinions the item away, but not if you of this publication or the Chehalis Tribal make a drum. When you sing Business Committee. with the drum you have made, The Chehalis Tribal Newsletter encourages you are giving a gift each and tribal members to submit letters, articles, every time you use it. photographs, and drawings to be considered Instructor and Chehalis for publication. These are subject to editing. Tribal Elder Elaine Contributing writers, artists, and McCloud helps Shayna photographers include Chehalis tribal Pickernell, age six, community members and staff. The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis trim deer hide before Reservation... assembling it on a Submission deadline: 6th of each month “People of the Sands” Printed: Each month drum ring.
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