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‘iínim we’niíkt weés Wetalu Henry kaa nimiípuutímtki wées ‘alíwtalaliktnacan’may. My name is Wetalu Henry and my Indian name is Winter Sunset. Wetalu Henry is Nimiipuu and Warm Springs Paiute. Her Indian name is alíwtalaliktnacan’may which translates to ‘Winter Sunset’. From her late Qaaca (maternal grandma), the late Priscilla Pinkham, she inherited this name. She is an accomplished artist of many forms—a cultural keeper, seamstress, beadworker, basketweaver, educated scholar, graphic artist, businesswoman, and mother. Lulu Henry founded and owns 'Nchi.wana by Lulu Henry, an online store that promotes cultural resilience through fashion, beauty, and purpose. Among her other accomplishments, she founded and created Powwow Camp, which offers cultural dance instruction and healthy movement to Indigenous youth. In her role as a cultural instructor, she integrates traditional dance and art practices and systems into teaching basic skills and practices of the plateau tribes. In addition to running her own E-commerce business for three years, Wetalu has been practicing traditional arts since she was eight years old. Over the last year, up-cycled fashion has become one of her favorites. Visit her website and social media platforms to learn more. What does ‘Nchi.wana mean? As salmon was an important staple for the Warm Springs bands who lived along the Columbia’s tributaries, they built elaborate scaffolding over waterfalls which allowed them to harvest fish with long-handled dip nets. The Sahaptin word ‘Nchi.wana translates to “The Big River.” The Big River refers to the Mid-Columbia River that forms the spine of the land and serves as the nucleus of it’s ecosystem. It is located between Celilo and Priest Rapids of Oregon and Washington. The Yakama, Umatilla, and Warm Springs tribes survived among ‘Nchi.wana by virtue of detailed knowledge of the water and land since time immemorial. Although, I was born and raised as Nimíipuu, I still have a strong connection with my Warm Springs Paiute people. ‘Nchi.wana represents all elements of who I am as an Indigenous person as I honor the strong fisherman of my family and the traditional trading sites of the plateau people. When my people hear this, they will understand the significance behind the name and I hope to strengthen inclusivity and relationships between all tribal and non-tribal alike who share a strong admiration and respect for our culture.