This week's Indlander published a photograph of the Swench Skahas drum during the recent Earth Day observance at Riverfront Park. Swench Skahas is a name that means 'Dancing Horses,' and comes from the Spokane Salish: swenš (wardance) and sqax̣eʔ (horse). The drum belongs to my good friend Francis Carson. This is a photograph I will cherish for many years to come, mostly because of the opportunity I had to sing the old Spokane songs with my friends and family.
The photographer was Amy Hunter.
Pictured around the drum, from left to right: Jim Samuels, Shannon Hubert, Francis Carson, Barry Moses, Lanetta Moses, and Pat Moses.