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Honoring our Elders: 3 Cynthia Davis-Andy “..her basketry skill is a healing and treasured tradition...” Cynthia R. Andy was born October 11, 1930, even though her birth certificate says October 13. She was born on the Chehalis Reservation to Marion and Bertha (Petoie) Davis. Her grandparents, on her father’s side, were Charley Petoie and Emma Heck. Her maternal grandparents were Jack and Eliza Davis. She had six siblings: Christine, Dan, Evelyn, Elsie, Eleanor, and Katherine. Her mother later married Fred Bobb. Her parents raised nine children, including two children Fred Bobb had from a previous marriage. Cynthia was married to William F. Andy for 36 years until he passed away six years ago. They have a daughter, Lydia, and a son-in-law, Randy Parrott. Cindy Cindy Andy and her sister, Katherine Barr, were has one granddaughter, Cynthia Parrott, her namesake. She has one sister, featured weavers for the 2009 NNABA Conference Katherine Barr. They have always been real close. When they were younger, at the Great Wolf Lodge. She is very thankful to they used to do lots of silly things together. They both have always been hard have been taught to basket weave by her mother and Elders. workers. Cindy has lots of nieces and nephews. Cindy grew up in their family’s home respect and honor.” Program. When she frst started, the students growing so fast. She said, “All I can say to on Howanut Road on the upper part of the Her childhood friends were Irene and teachers didn’t know much about the young people on the Tribal Council is do reservation. Their home was an old two- Youckton, Chops (George Youckton), Anna Northwest Coastal Indian history. She your best for the Chehalis people and treat story house that used to be part of the old Beckwith and most of the children in her age served on many committees and received all our Elders equally.” boarding school that was moved from the group. Cindy played baseball at the Hayden many awards. She reluctantly admits, “My She encourages the young people to go to Stanley Petoie property. Her father was house with a homemade bat and ball. Percy hard work paid off and in 2008, I was school and continue their education, getting given one of the buildings and other families Youckton was older: He was the catcher and chosen as Elder of the year for Washington college degrees and return to help the tribe. assisted in moving it to their family’s land. was always bossing them around. Cindy was State by the Washington Indian Education Cindy hopes that going off to get educations Her father added more rooms as time went always in the outfeld and she remembers Association.” won’t keep young people from being hired on. Cindy reminisced, “I can still picture the having to chase the ball because it was hit Basketry has been an important part back at the tribe because they are over tall timbers it was made of. It was a sad day so far. Playing baseball was fun. Now she of Cindy’s life. As far back as she can qualifed. She would like to see more tribal when it had to be condemned due to termite is an avid Mariners fan! She exclaimed, “I remember, her mother taught her the skill members in management jobs with the tribe. damage.” enjoy watching baseball and look forward to of how to make coil, cedar root, cattail, For fun, Cindy likes to watch young When Cindy was a child, everyone had attending the Mariner’s Opening Day!” and raffa baskets. When she stayed with people playing in sports. She follows the chores to do. They kept busy getting water, Anna Beckwith was her school friend her great aunts Sophie Heck and Julia, she Chief Leschi Warriors. Her granddaughter, bringing in wood, helping with the cooking while attending Oakville Elementary. When continued to learn. They would sit and Cynthia, is a cheerleader for the team. and flling the kerosene lamps, if they had she was at Oakville, the older kids made weave for hours. kerosene. Her mother taught them how to them put on boxing gloves and box. When Today basketry is one of Cindy’s skills gather cattail, sweet grass, cedar roots, bear the two friends were older, Cindy enjoyed and many people order baskets from her. grass and cedar bark for basketry. In the teasing Anna by asking if she wanted to go a Her dedication to preserving her family’s summer, they traveled and picked all kinds couple of rounds. It would make them laugh traditions in basketry of berries when they were in season. The to remember those times. has placed her berries would be used to make jam and pies. Cindy attended Oakville School for on the board of One of Cindy’s chores was to pack water two years. She remembers the younger kids the Northwest to the house for cooking and bathing. She being constantly picked on by the older Native American remembers using a wheelbarrow to carry kids. Because of this, her mom transferred Basketweavers buckets and milk cans from Adam Heck’s her to Rochester. Even though she was the Association. She is house. His house was across from the only Indian student in Rochester for awhile, one of the founding Shaker Church. The roads weren’t paved she was treated kindly by the other students board members of and after flling up all of the containers, the and the teachers. Later, more Indians started NNABA. wheelbarrow became very heavy. There attending Rochester School. Cindy and were times when it would tip over. She Cindy’s dad, Marion Davis, was one Katherine were raised would have to go all the way back and get of the interpreters for the Chehalis Tribe. in the 1910 Indian water again. He translated so those who did not speak Shaker Church. Their When Cindy got older, her parents the Chehalis language would know what parents held offces bought an old car. It wasn’t anything fancy. was being said, and those who didn’t speak and their mom was a You had to crank it to get it going. The car English would know what was going on. He cook. They both are sure made it easier to get water, though. It went to Chemawa Boarding School and got still active members was the same with getting wood. They used an education and could speak English well. and Cindy loves to a hip saw to fall trees, and then they had You can still read legends he translated in travel to the churches to pack it all home. After they got the car, some older books. in Washington, Oregon, getting wood became easier. No one laid Marion was also involved in tribal California and Canada around in those days. politics. Marion, Murphy Secena, Ralph whenever possible. She Cindy said, “Having to do chores was a Heck and Frank Pete were very strong said they both believe in good thing. It was teaching us children how council members, among many others. and carry on their parent’s to listen, to honor and respect our parents Marion Davis was the frst Chehalis tribal religious beliefs. They and Elders. If we didn’t listen, we were member to vote. both know that Indian punished. As I look back, I’m so glad our Cindy worked for the Puyallup School spirituality is real because This photo, from the late 1940s or early parents taught us these values. These days, District for 28 years. She started as a they have been witness to it. 1950s, is of Cindy Andy (left) and Elizabeth kids don’t seem to listen anymore. I pray Cultural Consultant and moved up to be Cindy said things in the (Maggie Brown’s daughter) at a Tribal Days. that someday they’ll be taught and learn to the Coordinator for the Indian Education tribe are changing and it is Staff Profle: Human Resources Director Casino Offers Display Case Hello, my name is Daniel Here at the Lodge, I Leonard. I was born and have a phenomenal Human to Native Artists By Fred Shortman, Editor raised in Montreal, Quebec, Resources team consisting Canada. I moved to Toronto, of Katie Reddout, Sam On Saturday, January 30, there was an their items off as Native-made, which Ontario, for my college Souza, and Kim Brown. Our open house for Native vendors interested in violates the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of education, and graduated goal is to provide quality selling their handmade crafts at the Lucky 1990 (P.L. 101-644). with honors in 2002 from service to both our internal Eagle Gift Shop. Merrill Goldstein and In the past, the LEC Gift Shop accepted Humber College, with and external guests, with Valerie Siegel were there to see what types Native-made items only on consignment. of things they had to offer that would sell in a degree in Hotel and emphasis on recruiting, the gift shop. Sixteen tribal and community The new approach is to order and purchase them outright from the Native venders. This Restaurant Management. retention, training and members had basketry, cedar headbands, marketing strategy will assist tribal members Upon graduation, I started development. beadwork, carvings, earrings, Coastal Salish in having their items sold more quickly. working for Hyatt Hotels HR Director This year, we are designed pillows and other handmade items For many tribal members, marketing is and Resorts at the Park Great Wolf excited to be starting a new to sell. a challenging step in the art making and Hyatt, Toronto, Canada. initiative here at the Great Each vendor was required to fll out selling process. My career with Hyatt Lodge Wolf Lodge, an internship/ forms to track what they sold to get paid. The casino’s approach provides another spanned eight years, traineeship designed The casino gift shop ordered some items to resource for authentic Native artists. It and brought me to some to provide hands-on be displayed in the Native gift display case. is another venue, besides bazaars and phenomenal locations/ experience in an exciting Another display will be available at a later powwows, for artists to sell their art. properties, including; Hyatt Regency rotation through the numerous different date showing biographies of artists, weavers Space is limited, so if you are interested Montreal, Park Hyatt Toronto, Park Hyatt areas within our Lodge. This experience will and carvers, alongside their items. in selling some of your artwork, beadwork, Carmel, Park Hyatt Washington DC, Hyatt prove to be educational and act as a great This type of display will paintings, basketry, carvings or Native-made Regency Grand Cypress – Orlando, and the stepping stone into career opportunities with give the Native crafts items, please contact Merrill Goldstein at Hotel Victor Miami Beach! Great Wolf Resorts. authenticity. (Some 360-273-2000, ext. 245, or email merrill. In early August of 2009, I was recruited On a personal note, I am looking non-natives attempt for the Human Resources Director position forward to getting to know as many of to pass here in Grand Mound at the Great Wolf you as possible and always welcome the Lodge, and decided to take the next step in opportunity for you to stop by the Lodge, Yvonne Peterson, Elder Master my career. So here I am, six months later come by our offce, or even just call to Basket Weaver, displays a cedar and loving it! introduce yourself! purse at the open house for the Lucky Eagle Casino gift shop.
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