(music) – [Narrator] Most summer
camps create new memories. (indistinct chatting) Not many rely on ancient ones. In June 2019, nearly 300 native youth and many adults attended
Wellness Warrior Camp in Grand Ronde, Oregon. They were there to learn about their unique
connections to the land, to traditional ceremonies and activities, and to each other. – [Cristina Voiceover] When
we think of historical trauma, we think of how the
colonization is so much about disconnecting from. This camp in particular, is a perfect example of
connecting to those things that we haven’t thought about for years. I think it’s important
for kids, even younger, to be able to hear words, such as historical wisdom, and healing and connection. (stomping and chanting) – [Narrator] Travel groups
came to Grande Ronde from around the world, including
Māori youth who came all the way from New Zealand. – [Kobe Voiceover] Anything
can be wellness really, like saying a compliment to
someone, that’s wellness, they feel good. Something that makes you feel well. (chanting) My first time, I was
actually really introverted. I couldn’t connect with other
people, I didn’t know how to. And once I started making connections, it helped me to become more social and make other connections. And being connected to everyone else, I just wanna be that cool
leader, that everyone likes. I just wanna be friends with everyone, and be a positive influence. If they wanna talk about anything, that’s hurting them, or anything. I’ll be there for them. – It’s like healing, right. And we’re getting back to that again. – [Narrator] Key to the camp
experience are native elders, like John Spence. He’s come in recent years to teach about tribes’
historic connection to horses. – [John Voiceover] I’m 78,
you know, it wasn’t cool to be Indian, when I was a kid. But I can tell you, if
we had any of this stuff, these words now, the wellness and healing, those things are fantastic. I love them all, it’s getting so used to using it. I wish every kid could
have this experience. Okay, who’s going next? Who’s going next? – [Kid] I will! – No pressure, okay,
you, and then you, okay. This whole thing is a revolution. – [Narrator] Specifically,
a revolution in wellness. A 2016 report found that native
youth in the United States are two and a half times
more likely to experience psychological trauma, than
their non-native peers. At its core, Warrior Camp
gives attendees the space to identify their traumas,
and the tools they already carry with them for healing. – [Mariah Voiceover] I
feel like their goal is to teach us that we have connections with the world, we can partake in that in our lives. Other camps don’t,
especially cultural camps, they don’t, create an
environment like this. So I feel like this has
really taken me into a draft of the past, because well,
this is where they slept, this is where they cook, this is where they had their playground. So when I feel the most well, is when I’m with my family,
and when I’m dancing Nay Dosh, or powwow dancing for our tribe, I just feel like that really
just makes me remember, I’m from a special unique place. (singing and guitar music)