Welcome to Native TEACH

The work of Native TEACH in 2014 was to bring together several tribal researchers throughout the Pacific Northwest to gather stories from their very own communities.  These stories focused on environmental health perspectives from a tribal voice.  The research team (Team TEACH) were encouraged to conduct their community conversations.  The focus is to identify Native environmental health perspectives as distinct from mainstream western understanding of environmental health science, yet complimentary to the field.   In other words, the richness and importance of sharing our stories in order to build capacity and offer solutions from a deep understanding of place.  The value of traditional storytelling as a way to communicate complicated ideas is held at the core of our collaborative efforts. With this in mind seven Native researchers from six Washington state tribes were invited to participate as facilitators of this work.  We began with a kickoff meeting at the University of Washington.  At this meeting we brainstormed what groups in their tribal communities to bring together to discuss the question: What does environmental health mean in our community? Over the year each of us led conversations in their own tribal communities, which included: Chinook, Muckleshoot, Lower Elwha S’Klallam, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Puyallup, Spokane and Yakima. The conversations took place in a tribal college class, Mom’s group, Team Teach, artist panel at a public art show, and in whole tribal communities.  Many awesome products came from these discussions and through collaborative discussion we felt it best to feature each of our communities conversations through a blog calendar. Subscribe to this blog and receive stories throughout 2015 of tribal communities from throughout the Puget Sound and their very own environmental health concerns and solutions to overcoming challenges. Each month focuses on a tribal community and includes 4 topics: An Environmental Health Challenge, Community Art Project, Traditional Food, and a Call to Action. Check out our digital story here: 


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