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Writer's First Name: Age: Essay Title or Subject: E-mail Address (to notify you if you win!!)
Grandmother Adelia
School Name (if any)
City and State/Province
Tribal Affiliation (if any)
Homeschooling Program
Carpinteria, California
Barbareno Chumash
Grandmother Adelina

Since I was born, I have known Grandmother Adelina. She is a wise Chumash Elder from the Santa Ynez reservation. She gave me my tribal name when I was little.

She is a hero because she is keeping the Chumash culture alive because she is helping keep the songs and dances alive. She encourages me to dance and sing. She supports me when I try to learn the language.

Grandmother Adelina is not a close relative, but I feel like her nephew. She has always been nice to me and has been there at tribal gatherings where I dance. She is a good teacher because she is always present and helpful for everybody, but especially for the youth of the tribe.


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