Also inspiring at the Funky Pirate was a chance meeting with former leader of the northwest Native American community Denny Hurtado, who is now director of Indian education for Washington state's 29 tribes and their 12,000 children. Denny was at NECC to discuss the creation of the Northwest Native American Reading Curriculum's enlightening CD-Rom about the culture and history of his people, the Skokomish. "Forget about the movies and the books," he said. "This is our story, the way we tell it." The CD-Rom, to develop literacy, was structured to provide a useful shell for the stories of other minority peoples, he said.