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Autumn Festival

October here is a busy month. We are all excited about the change of seasons and the great harvest festival.

It's a time of gratitude, friendship and togetherness. The tribe comes together to create an atmosphere of love and family and each one of us brings something unique to the gathering.

Old Quil will make the table that we will place on First Beach. On the table be our feast. Dried fish, fish fry and cakes, sweets, vegetables from our gardens, fruits and all sorts of…

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Added by William Ephraim Black on October 7, 2018 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Listen to the Elders

Listen to the Elders for one day they will be gone and with them goes their wisdom..

The Real story of the Quileute Wolves

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmfbQRclFf8

Added by William Ephraim Black on May 27, 2017 at 9:01am — No Comments

When it rains, it pours

Today is another dry day, the weekend was real nice and we got quite a lot done on the roof.

Last week a branch fell on the roof over Aerie's room. Nothing like going into a toddler's room at 3 am to find her jumping on her bed singing, "It's raining it's pouring!" and have that be the actual case. 



It really WAS raining in her room. Needless to say, we were up at 3am for the day.  I called Jake and he came over and tossed a tarp up on the roof till daylight. He climbed up…

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Added by William Ephraim Black on May 22, 2017 at 9:25am — No Comments

Terrible 2s

I thought I wouldn't survive the teething phase. I got through that pretty well. The crying made me feel sad for Aerie rather than angry for my loss of sleep. They can't help how they deal with pain. Jake never cried while he was teething and if Rachel and Rebecca did, I certainly don't remember it. Perhaps in time the teething memories will fade with this one too, who knows. Anyway. 

If there's one thing that IS consistent with all 4 of my kids, it's the Terrible 2s. I probably have the…

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Added by William Ephraim Black on March 27, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Winter Days

Been here in La Push my whole life but seems as I get older, Im getting less and less tolerant of being cold. Used to be we went swimming in 30 degree temperatures. 80 degrees still isnt warm enough to get this old man into the drink. I was just out back grabbing some wood and heard a bunch of kids talking as they were walking by. They are heading to the cliffs to go diving.  It's cold, they aren't part of the pack either. They're just crazy! 

It's a nice quiet day here, just me and…

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Added by William Ephraim Black on February 25, 2017 at 11:22am — No Comments

A Blank Sheet of Paper

A blank sheet of paper an be one of two things. It can be utterly intimidating or so absolutely inviting. Lucky for me today it's the latter. I feel a little bit inspired…

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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:28am — No Comments

Beginning to Wonder

So I've found a few more of Tiffany's poems. I am repetitively drawn to that damn box in the workshop. I KNOW I shouldn't but I can't stop myself. Her words are alive with…

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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:27am — No Comments

8.5 Months Old

I went into Aerie's room this morning to find her standing in her crib with a sunshiny grin on her face that completely melted my heart. How can it be she's 8.5 months old…

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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:26am — No Comments

51 Is So Much Fun

Wow. Who knew I'd be turning fifty one years old while expecting my 4th child? I surely didn't see that one coming. I guess I did see it coming but it just didn't sink in until…

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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:25am — No Comments

Expectant Father

You have, no doubt, heard the term, 'Expectant Father' am I right?

I don't recall feeling like this with the twins or Jacob though I am certain that I did. 

I wake…

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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:25am — No Comments

Times, they are a Changin'

Dylan's song title comes to mind after yesterday's events. My wife (it still makes me smile like a teen to say those words... "my wife") came home feeling under the…

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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:24am — No Comments

The Wrath of Nora

The Wrath of Nora



My eldest sister Nora and I are very close but we haven't always been. Since the passing of our folks, she's the 'maternal' figure in the family.…
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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:23am — No Comments

One Regret

I had been feeling unusually tired and unable to focus for a few months. Sarah finally broke through my wall of stubbornness and made me call the doctor. I went for routine…
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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:22am — No Comments

Deadliest Catch

Last year Charlie an I took off for the lake. We had all our gear, a cooler, a few beers and bait all ready. It was a day of sunshine, a rare one for May but we took advantage of it…
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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:21am — No Comments

A Boat Beneath The Summer Sky

My poem is inspired by the last line in Lewis Carroll's

"A Boat Beneath the Sky"





Nothing more can make me sigh

than a boat beneath the summer sky

the water…
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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:21am — No Comments

Hopes & Expectations

When the news came that Rachel was expecting, my mind automatically went crazy. Was I truly OLD enough for this? How did this happen? When did she grow…
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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:20am — No Comments

A Nightmare I Had

"Hawks losing 3 to nothing" I took a deep breath and smelled potroast and heard Tiffany humming in the kitchen. The door opened and in came Rebecca and Leleo,…
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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:19am — No Comments

A Journey into Grandfatherhood

“A Native American grandfather, talking to his young grandson tells the boy about the two wolves inside of him struggling with each other. The first is the wolf of peace, love and…
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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:18am — No Comments

A few words on raising children

"Always look ahead" was what my father always told me. Being the way I am, I always have held my elders words in high regard. Certain people may think of them as old fashioned or out of…
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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:18am — No Comments

Who am I?

My name is Billy Black

I am a tribal elder in the Quileute Nation. We live in La Push, a small community near Forks, Washington. My son, Jacob, twin daughters, Rachel and Rebecca are…
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Added by William Ephraim Black on April 12, 2016 at 9:16am — No Comments

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