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Lummi Stommish Water Festival runs June 10-14

Tribal dances are a highlight of the Lummi Stommish Water Festival, which runs June 10-14 at Gooseberrry Point.
Tribal dances are a highlight of the Lummi Stommish Water Festival, which runs June 10-14 at Gooseberrry Point. The Bellingham Herald

The 69th annual Lummi Stommish Water Festival takes place Wednesday through Sunday, June 10-14, on the Lummi reservation near Gooseberry Point.

A Cowichan word meaning “warrior,” Stommish includes war canoe races, a sla-hal bone game tournament, and an “Honoring All Veterans” powwow, as well as a Lummi-style salmon barbecue, a carnival, royalty pageants, a parade, athletic events, and daily and evening entertainment.

Stommish began 1946 when World War II veterans were coming home; it was then that Lummi tribal veterans of World War I decided to gather to celebrate their safe return.

Admission is free. Details: http://lumminationstommish.com, 360-927-0538, 360-927-3878.

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