This talk was given at a local TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event and produced independently of the TED Conferences. The opening talk and performance by gifted storyteller and violinist, Swil Kanim, defined the gift of presence and honor. It was through music that Swil Kanim, a member of Washington’s Lummi Tribe, healed childhood wounds and reconnected to his Native American roots. The classically trained violinist travels extensively, enchanting audiences with his original music and native storytelling. He is president of HonorWorks, a nonprofit with a mission to ignite the potential for honor among all people. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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