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Human Elements: A forest garden teaches healing, land stewardship

A forest garden teaches healing, land stewardship

Stephanie Leon Riedl of the Sts’ailes First Nation cultivates traditional foods to pass on the lessons of the land to future generations.

Sculpting glass botanicals

Determination and resilience have defined Debora Moore’s career. Thirty years ago, she began honing her craft at Seattle’s Pratt Fine Arts Center; today she is among the world’s leading glass artists, and one of the very few Black women in the field. With each new season of life, she continues to evolve her practice, even in the face of great personal loss.

Spinning an expansive soundtrack

For the past 35 years, Riz Rollins has been taking listeners on musical journeys across time and genres as a DJ at Seattle’s KEXP. Rollins’ own journey to becoming one of the city’s most beloved musical curators — on the air and in the clubs — wasn’t always certain, but opportunity led him to become a champion of the Black and LGBTQ+ communities and a driving force behind KEXP’s mission.

A dance with deep heritage

Cipher Goings discovered tap at a young age and has since become not only a standout performer but also a teacher at Northwest Tap Connection in Seattle’s Rainier Beach — the very studio where he got his start. As part of the growing renaissance of tap, a tradition with deep roots in the Black community, Goings is figuring out where he fits in that lineage and discovering his value along the way.