June 8th, 2019

Cultural celebration includes canoe rides

Tribal members hosted community guests Saturday at Bowman Bay with an event titled “Salish Sea Native American Cultural Celebration.” Features of the event included rides (working rides!) on the Samish Tribal canoe “Eshas.” The sweet smell of grilled salmon also drew guests on the dry side of the beach. Pictured here are Swinomish grillers Ben James and Eric Day (red shirt). The event coincided with a free day at Deception Pass Park, with no paid permit necessary for admission. Proceeds for food and crafts sales go to funding activities of the Swinomish and Samish canoe families.

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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