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Protecting Orca by Restoring Salmon

You're invited to a very special evening of storytelling about orca and salmon by three renowned writers and storytellers from the Pacific Northwest. The evening includes a reception with excellent food and drinks. We hope that you can join us!

To help celebrate Orca Awareness Month and raise awareness and understanding about the majesty of and peril facing our iconic Sourthern Resident Killer Whales and Chinook Salmon, Save Our wild Salmon, Center for Whale Research, Earthjustice, and Natural Resources Defense Council are hosting a special evening featuring authors David Neiwert and Brenda Peterson, and Elwha Storyteller Roger Fernandes

Orca and Salmon - An Evening of Storytelling

Town Hall Seattle

Wednesday, June 29 at 6 pm - 9 pm

Our delicious reception will be catered by Kevin Davis / Blueacre Seafood. Beer will be provided by Fremont Brewing Company. We'll also serve wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

Tickets are $20 per person, with a $10 student, senior, limited income option available.


Further information on our presenters:

David Neiwert is an investigative journalist based in Seattle, a longtime environmental reporter and currently the Pacific Northwest correspondent for the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project. He is the author of Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us, published in June 2015 by The Overlook Press, as well as numerous other books, including And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border, winner of the 2013 International Latino Book Award for nonfiction. Neiwert won a National Press Club Award in 2000 for Distinguished Online Journalism for his reportage on domestic terrorism for, and had a long and distinguished career in blogging at such sites as (where he is still a senior editor) as well as at his own pioneering blog, Orcinus.


Brenda Peterson is the author of 19 books, including the National Geographic book, SIGHTINGS: The Gray Whale’s Mysterious Journey and the memoir Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals. Peterson’s children’s book, Leopard and Silkie: One Boy’s Quest to Save Seal Pups and Seal Pup Rescue was chosen for Scholastic Books Fairs and selected by National Science Teachers Association as an “Outstanding Science Book” for students K-12. Peterson has been interviewed on PBS’s EarthFix  and NPR’s national “Living on Earth,”  “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” and many other NPR stations.  She has written extensively about marine mammals for The Huffington Post.
Peterson lives in Seattle on the shores of the Salish Sea. Go here for further information.

Roger Fernandes is a member of the Lower Elwha Band of the S'Klallam Indians from the Port Angeles, Washington, area. He describes himself as an urban Indian since his mother, Violet Charles, moved to the city of Seattle where he was born in 1951. He is from a family of four brothers who are all active doing various cultural things like singing, basket making, artwork, and storytelling.

Roger has been storytelling for about seven or eight years. The stories he started with were simple legends. Over the years, he has moved into telling myths, creation stories, flood stories, and hero stories. In sharing these types of stories Native people can teach non-Natives about the aspects of their culture that go beyond food, shelter, and clothing. These stories actually define the culture of the tellers. In the course of learning Native American stories, Roger has integrated stories he has learned from other cultures around the world like Mexico, Africa and Asia. All stories speak the same human language and teach same lessons.

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