Skokomish Indian Tribe and Reservation
The Evergreen State College

Project History:
Academic Programs at The Evergreen State College

Demonstration Garden
Community Garden

Harvest Restoration Sites:
Dike Site
Hill Site
Bog Site

Related Projects Located at Evergreen:
Longhouse Ethnobotanical Garden
Red Square Native Plant Demonstration Garden

Student Work:
Current Work
Past Work

Year-Round Planning Calendar

News and Updates

The information contained on this site is offered for educational purposes only. It is not meant to be used for diagnostic or treatment purposes and should not be used in lieu of consulting a qualified health care provider. The Gifts of the First People* Plant Project and anyone associated with it (including students and other affiliates of The Evergreen State College) assume no liability for the reader's experimentation with the educational information offered here.

All material contained on this site is ©2003 Gifts of the First People.

Contact via Evergreen: Marja Eloheimo


An Introduction

Gifts of the First People Plant Project,

formerly sayuyay Plant Project...


The sayuyay Plant Project was developed collaboratively by members of the Skokomish Indian Community in Shelton, Washington and faculty, students and alumni of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington as well as other interested supporters and volunteers. The Project will operate as a 501c3 non-profit organization.

The intention of the Project is to revitalize and nurture a circle of local access to and use of medicinal, edible, and other useful plants on the Skokomish Reservation and to serve as a model for other communities.

Our understanding is that a strong pattern of access and use will reflect the closeness of the traditional Twana relationship with plants.

Our belief is that such access and use can result in local sociocultural, health, environmental, and economic benefit.

Our hope is that we will act at all times in the best interest of all beings.

Project Working Goals

1. Revitalize the Twana tradition of locally accessing and using plants for medicine, food, technology, art and ceremony.

2. Improve local access to culturally significant plants through appropriate restoration, management and cultivation.

3. Increase opportunities for community members to be involved with medicinal and edible plants through educational activities and materials as well as through growing, gathering, processing, using and/or marketing such plants and/or plant products.

4. Expand plant-related resources and opportunities that offer health, sociocultural, and economic benefits to the Skokomish community.

5. Create opportunities for research related to sustainable harvest, ecological-chemical constituent correlations, business development feasibility, restoration/species enhancement, propagation/cultivation, and improved access to medicinal and edible plants.

6. Create documentation and educational resources to foster similar projects in other Tribal communities.

7. Address logistical, academic, liability, and cultural issues that arise through collaboration between academic institutions and Indian communities.