Whose Feet: “Salish Land”

With apologies to email subscribers, this is a visual posting.  Click over to my website for a snapshot of an urban mural with the words “Salish Land” added in prominent spray paint.

Reading graffiti is a great way to sense the pulse of a community, especially the voices that don’t feel heard. This statement is found just off Capitol Boulevard in downtown Olympia, near the Washington state capitol campus.

Admittedly I am missing a lot here, because I don’t understand the meaning of the underlying mural. But how can I ignore the message of the words that I do understand? “Salish Land.” The land conflicts of the 1800s, which many Euro-Americans have tried to consign to history, are alive and well in our midst.