Day 88 – 365 Things To Do In Bellingham, WA – Lummi Stommish Festival

The Lummi Stommish Festival is an annual gathering of the Native American People of the Pacific Northwest.  Get out and  see the War Canoe races, the carnival, the Pow Wow, and the real American Idol contest, Stommish Idol, there will be art an food all out at the Lummi Stommish Grounds on Lummi View Drive

From their website:  “For thousands of years, the first inhabitants of this area celebrated with song and dance as tribes and local villages gathered in the Spirit of the Potlatch. These are our Ancestral Highways — these waters of the Puget Sound. Since the late 1800’s the governments of Canada and United States outlawed these gatherings in the hope of destroying the love and spirit of the Potlatch. After WWII, the Lummis began celebrating the return of our service men and women, “our Warriors.” Stommish has since become the annual gathering of canoe tribes establishing that link amongst our First Nation People of the Pacific Northwest.”

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