Indipino Community of Bainbridge Island & Vicinity

The Indipino Community of Bainbridge Island and Vicinity’s purpose is create educational texts, films and forums that include the history, culture and traditions of Filipino Americans and Indigenous people. In the early 1940s, Indigenous women from Washington, Alaska and BC Canada migrated to Bainbridge Island and married Filipino immigrants. Some women lost membership in their tribes for not marrying other Status Indians. Over thirty-six women from nineteen different tribes settled on Bainbridge Island to raise their mixed heritage children (Indipinos) and established berry farms toiling alongside their husbands. Our research includes the impact of war, legislation, educational systems and social conditions that Indipinos faced pre and post World War II and the effect on mixed heritage identity formation. We collaborate with the Bainbridge Island School District, Islandwood, Kitsap Regional Library, the Bainbridge Historical Museum and the City of Bainbridge Island to promote cultural and historical programs, presentations, events and exhibits.