Elaine Grinnell is a storyteller representing her people, the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe. As a storyteller, historian and elder of the tribe, Elaine carries on and passes down the history of her tribe, and she shares the cultural traditions of her people. She is eager to share her wealth of knowledge about the culture of her people, at times using stories about her own life as example. Elaine recognizes the importance of cultural identity, and gladly supports those, especially youth, seeking out the path towards developing meaningful lives.
When guiding others, Elaine draws upon her own experiences in life. She knows firsthand the lure addictions can have. Elaine knows that life is fragile, and that we are susceptible to the power of addictions. She has witnessed the many ways addictions can capitalize on the lives of vulnerable people.
In her story, Elaine describes how addictions have affected her people, the S’Klallam people. She shares stories of how her family found the strength to deny the power of addictions, and she shares how the tribe is working towards the task of supporting those finding themselves in the powerful grasp of addictions. Read Elaine’s account of how addictions are losing the war over control of her people, the S’Klallam people of Washington State.