Respect Your Elders Shirt

In all parts of the Northwest, there are dark stories of a 10’ tall witch with greasy hair and a body covered in sores. Her lips are permanently pursed because she is constantly whistling. Sometimes she is called Slapoo. In other places she is called Basket Woman, Tsunikwa or Dashkiya

As Seattle-based storyteller Roger Fernandes describes, Slapoo travels down from her camp high in the mountains to collect naughty children and those that forget to listen to their elders. When she returns to her camp, she disembowels them with her toenails and cooks them over her fire.

Ultimately a tool for teaching and transferring values, the story of Slapoo is often told in a way in which the naughty children ultimately escape by acting in a way consistent with traditional values or applying traditional knowledge.

Here Louie explores the story of Slapoo in the context of a rapidly changing urban environment (Seattle). In the rush to capitalize on this growth, what values are the business and political forces driving this development forgetting?

  • White base
  • Printed in Seattle.
  • 100% cotton shirt, pre-shrunk
  • Unisex size

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Louie Gong (Nooksack), founder of Eighth Generation, is a self-taught artist who was raised by his grandparents in the Nooksack tribal community in northwest Washington. He got his start by painting cultural art on shoes, but realized that creating one-of-a-kind pieces did not provide a sustainable pathway to success, and began applying his artwork to accessibly-priced products. Louie’s unique style merges traditional Coast Salish art with influences from his mixed heritage and urban environment to create work that resonates widely across communities and cultures.

  • Machine wash, 105°F (40°C) or cooler.
  • Dry normal, medium heat.
  • Non-chlorine bleach if needed.
  • Do not dry clean.

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