The Quileute School recently had a traditional memorial ceremony for children killed in 2005's Asian tsunami. They formed a traditional circle, and had drumming as well as singing. The names of the countries devistated by the tsunami were read. Following the ceremony, students took part in an evacuation drill. As warning sirens were sounded, the children from the tribal school, daycare and Head Start were taken in school buses to a tribal building on ground high enough to survive an earthquake as well as a tsunami. Other tribal members also left their homes and workplaces to evacuate to higher ground. Tribal members have only 15 minutes to reach safety in the event of an earthquake or tsunami.
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