Tanna Engdahl - Standing up to Discrimination (Excerpt 2)

Tanna Engdahl tells a story about her grandmother's strength when they encountered discrimination in a restaurant when she was young.

The following text is a transcription of this video.
"When I was quite young, we went to a restaurant in a town it must have been at a time that Indians were not well received. We went into a restaurant, I was quite young, and we were not seated. So my grandmother stood there and other people came in, white people, and they were seated, until all the tables and chairs and everything was full. And my grandmother still stood there. Still strong. I was old enough to feel the embarrassment. To feel embarrassed somehow, I don't know how to put it in terms. But she took my hand and her hand signal was stop fidgeting, stand still. And I stood there beside my grandmother and the room became so uncomfortable for the diners that they couldn't continue eating. They just kind of put down their forks and stared at their plates. They didn't know what to do because she was still standing there. And when there was total silence she said to me, "Tanna feel sorry for these people. They are not Cowlitz." In my small brain, growing brain I realized I was Cowlitz. And from that time to even as I sit here now I knew I had the strength of the people that could say that. I am Cowlitz and other people are not. I had all the power I needed to get through my life, which was difficult and there were times when I had to call back on that memory. And remember I could get through anything because I was Cowlitz."