This fall, Alice Woods is moving into a new home with a little help from a group of friends.
Woods, a native of Washington state, is a former member of the Woodmen, an indigenous tribe who were displaced by the U.S. government during World War II.
She’s also an artist who uses wood to create sculptures, including a carved wood carving in the woods outside of her house.
She and her friends started the Alice Woods Project, a nonprofit that provides a refuge to indigenous peoples from the Northwest, where she lives in the Pacific Northwest.
“I was just living with my aunt, and I was just looking for a place to go and see the world, and the forest was just a great place to do that,” Woods said.
Woodlands’ family had moved to the Pacific Ocean after the U!
T.C.A. was disbanded.
Woods and her family had lived in the forests of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.
She wanted to be able to return to her home country, and she wanted to help her family.
“I love wood,” Woods added.
“I have my own wood art, but I wanted to have something that could be made from the ground up.”
The group decided to create a home, using salvaged timber from the woods, to be used as an extension of their culture.
Woods built a wooden picnic table in her garage and gave it to her cousin to help build.
The table has become a fixture in her house, but she also has a wooden chair, which she also uses as a table.
Woodward is a self-taught artist, but her family said she’s also a gifted sculptor.
“It’s an amazing project to be working on, but you also have to be really passionate,” Woods’ aunt, Susan Woods, told Fortune.
“You have to want to do it, and you have to do a lot of hard work.”
The project started with Wood’s mother, but it soon evolved into an entire community.
Wood said her cousin started organizing groups to get the wood salvaged and donated, and it soon grew to include other Indigenous groups from across the Pacific.
Wood’s project is also helping to connect the Pacific community, where there’s often an absence of resources and knowledge about the environment.
“When you have the opportunity to use a wood project, I think it’s great,” Woods, who has received grants from the Pacific Institute, said.
“It’s a community effort, and a group effort.
It’s not just a project for a small community.”
Woods said her community has a lot to be grateful for.
“There’s so much to be thankful for.
There’s just a lot that’s not quite there.
The world is changing all the time, and there’s just so much more we have to take into account,” she said.