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Parks honor Native American Culture in June
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to the fifth annual Salish Sea Native American Culture Celebration (formerly called the Native American Culture Celebration) with the Samish and Swinomish Tribes at Deception Pass State Park on Fidalgo Island, near Oak Harbor.
The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the Bowman Bay boat launch and picnic area in the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass State Park.
This event features canoes, singers, drummers, storytellers, and a salmon and frybread lunch. Artists from the two tribes will demonstrate weaving, cedar work and woodcarving. The event is presented by the Samish Indian Nation, the Samish Canoe Family, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and the Swinomish Canoe Family. Proceeds from the food sales go to the two tribal canoe families to support their participation in and training for the annual intertribal Canoe Journey.
In celebration of the maritime heritage of the two participating Coast Salish tribes, the event name was changed to Salish Sea Native American Culture Celebration. The name change also celebrates the approval last year by the United States Board on Geographic Names and the Geographical Names Board of Canada of the name, “Salish Sea,” for the combined waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan De Fuca, the Strait of Georgia, and all their interconnecting inlets and bays, including Bowman Bay and Deception Pass.
The event is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are required in order to attend the event, please call 360- 902-8526. Requests must be made in advance.