, via Wikimedia Commons”]The 4th annual Coast Salish Day Celebration is at Boulevard Park from noon to 5 p.m. Canoe landing will begin at 1 p.m. and they will be followed by an afternoon of honored guests, cultural performances by the canoe families, Salish storytellers, and native entertainers. The celebration brings traditional foods, crafts, native customs and canoes and more to the shoreline of Boulevard Park. Swil Kanim, virtuoso Lummi violinist, and Peter Ali, Yaqui flutist, the Unangax Dancers of the native Inuit will perform.
Whatcom County residents and visitors alike are invited to honor our Salish neighbors at the event and enjoy native foods like fry bread, smoothies and drinks from tribal vendors, and traditional crafts along with the opportunity to ride in a native canoe.
The event began four years ago, celebrating the ‘First Peoples’ traditions and cultures, honoring them as the first inhabitants of these lands and waters. The event also honors the annual tribal Canoe Journey, which every year recreates the ancestral highways of the Coastal Salish People .
This event is put on cooperatively by Bellingham Parks & Recreation Department and The Lummi Nation.