The San Juan Island Grange Lecture Series, in conjunction with the Setting Sun Institute (Lummi), Students for the Salish Sea (WWU), and Whiteswan Environmental (WE) is honored to host an evening of music, food, and conversation with the remarkable vocal group WAGEEYAH-I-CHX-IYABAE, Thunderbirds Raised Her.
Thunderbirds Raised Her are sisters Billie Lynn Jefferson, Danielle Kili Kennedy-Jefferson, and Katherine Val Renee Kennedy-Jefferson, who were born into the two strong cultures of Lummi Nation and Assiniboine from Carry The Kettle First Nation and are descendants of Chiefs, warriors, and resilient women.
Their original song work is rooted in their tribes and homelands, and Thunderbirds Raised Her recognize their role in bringing awareness to world issues and inspiring other indigenous youth.
The Jefferson sisters’ name has flourished from their support in Lummi Nation, where they have gifted their voices to community events, spreading messages of unity, healing, resilience, and truth.
As part of a fundraising effort to support these young artists and activists in recording their first album, we invite you to join us Sunday, June 25 at 5pm for an evening of dinner, live music and conversation!
The evening will begin at 5pm with a dinner of an entree, salad and bread. Please bring a side dish to share if you can, but we’d rather you be there either way! Words and introductions will begin at 6pm, followed by performances by Thunderbirds Raised Her. Feel free to skip dinner and come only for the main event if you wish!
There is a suggested donation of $25 dollars for the event, but all are welcome to pay what they can. No one will be turned away for lack of funds!
All proceeds will go directly to Thunderbirds Raised her for the production of their first ever album and music video in collaboration with the StyleHorse Collective, an Indigenous-led production team. With the production of their album and music video, Thunderbirds Raised Her hope to inspire a larger community with their words and songs.
-Glenn Hendrick, San Juan Island Grange Lecturer