We honor this island, known today as Vashon-Maury Island, upon which we live and work. We are nourished and blessed by the rivers and waters, the trees, and the fish, the plants, and birds, and many other beings in the soil, Sound, and air who make up this beautiful place we call home. We especially honor and recognize the sx̌ʷəbabš, the indigenous people of this island. This is their ancestral land, upon which they have lived, tended, and woven in intimate relationship for millennia. Forcibly relocated, the sx̌ʷəbabš are now part of the Puyallup, Nisqually, Squaxin Island, and Muckleshoot tribes. Their deep story with this island continues to this day.