On November 18, 2017, East Shore hosted a screening of Promised Land, a social justice documentary about two local northwest indigenous groups, the Duwamish Tribe and the Chinook Nation, and their ongoing fight for tribal recognition. The film addresses issues involved in the federal recognition process and issues around indigenous sovereignty.
The evening began with a welcome by Rev. Elaine and a blessing by Cecile Hansen, Chair of the Duwamish Tribe. Approximately 65 people, including two other Duwamish Tribe members, attended the screening and the panel discussion that took place immediately after the film. Presenters included the producers and directors, Sarah and Vasant Salcedo, along with Cecile Hansen and Aaron James Jones, a member of the Chinook Nation.
Sunday’s service highlighted the Duwamish and the Chinook as Rev. Elaine recapped the evening’s events and Cecile Hansen spoke briefly. Two members of the Duwamish Tribe attended the church service and stayed for the potluck and conversation. They invited East Shore members to an art and craft show the following weekend, and several East Shore members participated in that. For those who would like to go to the Duwamish Longhouse or attend an art and craft show, another event will be held December 15, 16, & 17 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.