|The Alliance has announced two special events that will help you better incorporate indigenous cultural elements into your home for the benefit of the children in your care.|
At the sessions, you’ll be introduced to the historical foundation of specific activities and learn why they are important in Native American culture. You will learn embedded cultural aspects particular to Washington State Tribes, including appropriate attire and behavior during events and activities in the community. Our goal is to help you leave better prepared to integrate these activities into your home and role as a caregiver.
Coastal Jam 101 | 6-7 p.m. Oct. 17 on Zoom
This session is created for caregivers of indigenous children, specifically citizens or descendants of coast salish tribes. During this one-hour session the presenter will explain the social events commonly known as Coastal Jams, including the background of events, how to conduct yourself as a guest, what to expect at the event, attire and things to bring. She will also demonstrate how to dance and share a song that most likely will be heard at many events.
Pow Wow 101 | 6-7 p.m. Nov. 17 on Zoom
This session is created for caregivers of indigenous children, specifically citizens or descendants of plateau and plains tribes. During this one-hour session the presenter will explain the social events commonly known as Pow Wows. She will share background information on Pow Wows, how to conduct yourself as a guest, what to expect at the event, appropriate attire, and things to bring. She will also demonstrate how to dance a round dance to a intertribal song. Families will be encouraged to participate in the dancing!
Register here on the Alliance website.
About the Presenter
Alaina Capoeman (Xoputsee) is a Quinault citizen, a canoe captain, carries a wolf mask, creates regalia and has been travelling the ocean via canoe since 1998. She represented her tribe as Miss Quinault Nation 1997 and has shared cultural teaching from her tribe for many years. Alaina has worked in Indian Child Welfare since 2005 as a case manager, a supervisor, and Qualified Expert Witness. She represented her tribe on the Aberdeen Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee. She has fostered seven children over the years. Currently she is the ICW Specialist for the CaRES program.