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Lummi Stommish celebrates tribe’s veterans, traditions

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Hundreds gathered Friday for the opening of the annual Lummi Nation Stommish Water Festival, which celebrates both veterans who served during the Korean War and many of the tribe’s traditions – sla hal (bone) games, music, food and canoe racing.

Stommish was first held in 1946 to honor Lummi veterans returning home from World War II. The festival continues to honor that tradition. Events will continue through Sunday.

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