“I learned to fight with a knife long before I learned how to ride a bicycle. ”

Storm Reyes grew up in migrant farm worker camps outside Tacoma, Washington during the early 1960s. Most of the laborers were, like Storm, Native Americans. They were paid less than one dollar per hour for their work in berry patches and apple orchards throughout the state.

Storm started working as a full-time laborer herself when she was 8 years old. Her family lived without electricity or running water. But at StoryCorps she told her son, Jeremy Hagquist, about the day something arrived in camp that changed the course of her life.

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Recorded in Tacoma, Washington
Music Info: "Jubilee" by Unwed Sailor from the Album The Marionette & the Music Box
Produced by Michael Garofalo with Dan Collison
Facilitated by Cristina Kim
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