The recent snow days kept us all cooped up indoors and gave me time to pick up an old hobby: genealogy. I purchased an account on Ancestry.com and began searching for my ancestors among the digitized records on file. The materials have vastly improved since I last searched. In fact, I was surprised by how much information was available. I suspect I'll be writing more about this in the days to come.
The photograph above is my great grandfather Jim Elijah. He was a Spokane Tribal member and I'm told this picture was taken near the city of Spokane on the occasion of a national Indian conference convened in the 1920s.
I don't have any great stories to tell at this point, except that his picture can be found in the Northwest Room Collection at the Spokane Public Library and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC). I would like to learn more about this man, and all my elders who went before.