As long as Bill Iyall can remember, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe had a central quest.
Welcome to Portrait
Every year The Columbian takes the opportunity to share portraits of some of the people who make Clark County such a special place to live, work, learn and play. In this year's edition, we highlight religious leaders, educators and experts who have left an impact on their chosen field or the community as a whole.
Aaron Smith’s favorite memory of his two-year stint teaching music at the American Community School of Athens, Greece, isn’t his apartment at the foot of the Acropolis, although that was certainly a perk. It isn’t the travel or going on an adventure to a new country alone.
Bob Prinz set some chicken to roast over the small fire burning in his hearth, readying some protein to go with the colcannon light supper the steward at Fort Vancouver might have made for the fort’s lead manager in the mid-19th century.
The Rev. Jessie Smith’s tattoo sleeve on one arm has an Alice in Wonderland theme. The other may be called her religious arm: There’s a tattoo of a seraphim, an angel that accompanies God’s spirit, a cross she got done while in Jerusalem, a wheel within a wheel as seen by the prophet Ezekiel and an Easter lily.
Anita Will remembers the first time she saw the forest that would become her obsession. It was about 1980 when she and a friend loaded up a horse trailer and went for a ride in Whipple Creek Regional Park.
Larry Snyder of Vancouver has spent thousands of hours in the past 50 years fishing for salmon in the lower Columbia River and steelhead in its tributaries. The retired schoolteacher has spent thousands more hours as a sport-fishing activist, doing everything from hosting candidate forums to placing coho carcasses as nutrients in local streams.
Alphin Yosuo spins a basketball on his index finger in the Fort Vancouver High School gym on a December afternoon. The 17-year-old junior plays on the varsity basketball team and hopes to play college ball. Wearing red athletic shoes and a red shirt to show his Trapper school spirit, he seems to be the average American high school student.