Indigenous Peoples’ Day is recognized on the second Monday in October to honor the past, present, and future of Native Americans in the United States. In 2019, Clallam County passed a resolution encouraging “all to celebrate the thriving cultures and values of the Indigenous Peoples of our region, to learn more about the history of Indigenous Peoples and their cultures, and to continue efforts to promote the well-being and growth of our Indigenous communities.”

The North Olympic Library System acknowledges that the land on which we live and gather is the colonized homelands of Indigenous Peoples. We want to express our deepest respect and gratitude to the Hoh Tribe, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Makah Indian Tribe, Quileute Tribe, Quinault Indian Nation, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and the Skokomish Tribe, for their care of this land throughout the generations.

NOLS is honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2020 by celebrating Native Northwest art and culture with special presentations and performances. Get a glimpse into the cultural heritage of tribes from the Olympic Peninsula, make a canoe bookmark with Salish artist Ty Juvinel, hear acclaimed musician Black Belt Eagle Scout perform, discover great Native reads, and more!

Make an Orca Bookmark with Coast Salish Artist Ty Juvinel

Learn to make an orca bookmark out of cardboard using Coast Salish design with artist, author, and graphic designer Ty Juvinel!

About Ty Juvinel

In addition to graphic design, Ty Juvinel is a talented carver and painter, who started carving at the age of 11. He works full time as a carver on the Tulalip Reservation. His work can be seen at MOHAI, the Edmonds Interpretive Museum, the National Indian Gaming Association Office in Washington DC, and at the Billy Frank Jr. Low Income Housing Institute.

Want to see more of Ty’s work? Check out other videos on YouTube about Coast Salish Design published by Seattle Public Library. You can also hear him tell a story on the Burke Museum’s website.

Black Belt Eagle Scout Performance

Listen and watch Black Belt Eagle Scout perform in a special concert for NOLS!

About Black Belt Eagle Scout

A member of the Swinomish Tribe, Black Belt Eagle Scout (or Katherine Paul) is an acclaimed alternative rock musician based out of the Pacific Northwest. Her music has been featured on KEXP and she recently performed in the popular 2019 Thing Festival.

Her debut album, Mother of My Children was written to help provide support and encouragement to protesters at Standing Rock. Her recent album At the Party With My Brown Friends is a reflection of the things going on in her life. Of the lead single, At the Party Paul writes “Within my conscious self, there is always a sense of questioning the legitimacy of the world when you grow up on an Indian reservation.

We are all at the party (the world), trying to navigate ourselves within a good or bad situation. I happen to be at the party with my brown friends-Indigenous, Black, POC who always have my back while we walk through this event called life.” Of her music, She Shreds Magazine writes, “If you can imagine all the best things the Pacific Northwest has brought us—Mount Eerie, Grunge, Sleater-Kinney, The Girls Rock Camp, and lush mountain ranges—reimagined and told through the perspective of an Indigenous Swinomish/Inupiaq woman; if you can imagine the magic that would bring your life then you can imagine Black Belt Eagle Scout.”

You can find out more about Black Belt Eagle Scout on her website at

Tribal Cultural Videos

Quileute Tribal member Ann Penn-Charles shared this video of her grandson, Thomas Penn, harvesting cedar bark from a cedar tree. Chris Sonny Penn started him off, and Thomas pulled the bark from the tree. This was Thomas’ first time out with his family harvesting with Ann, her mother Eileen Penn, brother Chris Sonny Penn, and Isiah Jackson.

Funding for this program was made possible by the Friends of the Library Groups in Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks and Clallam Bay.

Additional Resources

Great Native Reads