Lummi hosts Stommish Water Festival June 12-22

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 9, 2014 

Lummi Stommish Water Festival

The Lummi Stommish Water Festival runs Thursday, June 12, through June 19, 2014 on the Lummi Indian reservation on Gooseberry Point, at Blackhawk Way and Lummi View Drive.

ANDY BRONSON — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

The Lummi Stommish Water Festival runs Thursday, June 12, through June 22 on the Lummi Indian reservation on Gooseberry Point, at Blackhawk Way and Lummi View Drive.

Stommish began in 1946, when World War II veterans were coming home and Lummi's WW I veterans decided to celebrate their safe return.

A Cowichan word meaning "warrior," Stommish has become an internationally renowned gathering that includes war canoe races, a "Sla-hal Bone Game" tournament and an "Honoring All Veterans" powwow.

Stommish is a multicultural, contemporary Coast Salish gathering with fun and enjoyment for the whole family. Stommish features athletic events, traditional singing and dancing, a traditional salmon barbecue, a film festival, a carnival and a Moonlight Concert series featuring Native comedians and local musicians throughout the weekend.

For details, go to stommish.com.

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