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DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK TO HOST NATIVE AMERICAN DAY
June 25, 2009
(OLYMPIA, WA) -- The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces the fourth annual Native American Culture Day festival with the Samish and Swinomish Tribes will be held at Deception Pass State Park on Fidalgo Island, near Oak Harbor in July
The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11th, at the Bowman Bay boat launch and picnic area in the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass State Park. The public is invited.
The 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,
Deception Pass State Park is a 4,134-acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline, and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. The park is known for breathtaking views, old-growth forests and abundant wildlife.
It is located on State Route 20 between Anacortes and Oak Harbor. The Bowman Bay area is accessible from Rosario Road, off State Route 20, by Pass Lake.
This event is part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington’s diverse cultures and presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program. This program is a partnership between the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Arts Commission and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the two commissions.
The event is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are required in order to attend the event, call (360) 902-8526 or (360) 675-3767 ext. 31, or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service at (800) 833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.