QUINAULT NATION

WASHINGTON STATE

SMITH ISLAND

CHESAPEAKE BAY, MARYLAND

Ancient Traditions in Changing Times

It is not yet dawn, but Mike Winkler, a Quinault Indian, has already been digging in the wet sand along the edge of the ocean for hours. He is looking for Razor Clams, a protein staple that the Quinault Indian Nation have been harvesting from these coastal flats for over 10,000 years. Just last year the Tribal Council decided to permanently relocate the village of Taholah away from the coastline and the mouth of the Quinault River. The growing risk of inundation had become too great.