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Oso Landslide: The Painting

September 22, 2014

Robin Youngblood was one of the lucky few that made it out of the Oso landslide alive. She lost everything she owned, except for one painting. Robin believes she was saved for a reason, and she is now on a mission to urge people to reconnect with nature and heed its warnings.

When the Oso landslide hit on March 22, 2014, Robin Youngblood was one of the lucky few that made it out alive. She lost everything she owned, except for one painting entitled “Wolf Vision”. The painting depicts a Cherokee warrior who sees through the sky. Robin said that once the painting came up she knew she would be alright.

The painting that was rescued, along with Robin Youngblood, the day of the Oso Landslide. <a  data-cke-saved-href="/programs/gallery/images-painting">View href="/programs/gallery/images-painting">View Photo Gallery</a>Robin says she shouldn’t be alive. She was under the mud for three minutes. No one can hold their breath for three minutes, she said. She believes she was spared for a purpose. She says her mission is to share her story in hopes that people reconnect with nature, and listen to its warnings.

Robin is a Native Cherokee descendent and has a strong connection to nature. After the slide, she moved the Marysville to rent a home that was big enough to accommodate her and her children and their extended family. However, Robin found she could not function without being surrounded by nature and its offerings. She returned to Darrington shortly afterwards to rent a small home close to Squire Creek, a state park that inhabits old growth cedar trees, eagles, salmon, and a healthy water ecosystem.

Robin admits she suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and cannot hold down a regular job. She worries about her future in Darrington and the area’s ecological health. She believes that humanity needs to change its ways and be more in tune with nature if we are to survive as a species.

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Stacey Jenkins

Stacey Jenkins is the managing producer of Spark Public. She is an Emmy-award winning producer who is passionate about pushing the boundaries of digital media and training the next generation of multimedia journalists. Stacey has been a Digital Content Producer at KCTS 9 for the past four years; her stories have been showcased locally on IN Close as well as nationally on SciTech Now and the PBS NewsHour's Art Beat. Stacey’s experience also includes working as a senior producer for KPTS, as an assistant media instructor and producer for Portland Community College and a TV news reporter for the CBC in Canada.

Fun Fact: Stacey’s guilty pleasures include over-the-top Halloween decor, eating sweetened condensed milk straight from the can and Maroon 5’s “Sugar” video.

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Thanks for sharing this and thank you Robin for your courage and this next piece of the journey you're on......."Oh Great Spirit, who made all races. Look kindly upon the whole human family and take away the arrogance and hatred which separates us from our brothers."
~Cherokee Prayer

Hard to believe that it is a year ago since we met. You probably don't remember Jackie and myself at the Holiday Inn in Marysville. We are the "bathing suit" ladies. We wish you continued healing. Enjoy your fb postings.
Kathie

What a testament to the strength and resilience of the Cherokee spirit. Having everything in this world stolen from them, Cherokees and other native peoples show that their hearts cannot be removed so easily - may you find a sustainable peace from the effects of PTSD and share your story with others. Thank you so much!

GOD BLESS those who made it through the devastation of the OSO landslide and to those families who have lost their loved ones and homes. My prayer is that you will find comfort and peace and that you will be able to heal. My prayers are with you all.

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