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Tribal canoe families will gather June 14 at Millersylvania State Park

Canoes representing three South Sound Indian tribes will be at the Canoe Families Celebration at Millersylvania State Park June 13. The event celebrates the cultural heritage of the Chehalis, Nisqually and Puyallup tribes.

The event will feature canoe rides and native singers, drummers and storytellers. Artists from the tribes will demonstrate traditional weaving, cedar work and woodcarving. A salmon and fry bread lunch will be available for purchase for $10.

The cultural activities will be presented by the canoe families from the three tribes. The proceeds from food sales will support the canoe families’ participation in an intertribal canoe journey in which tribes and nations from the Pacific Northwest travel by canoe to different host communities along the Salish Sea. The next canoe journey is planned for 2016 and will be hosted by the Nisqually Indian Tribe.

The celebration will be from noon-4 p.m. at the boat launch area on Deep Lake, 12245 Tilley Road S., Olympia.

A Discover Pass will not be needed to attend the event. In recognition of National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday is a free day, when visitors to state parks are not required to display a Discover Pass.

The event is sponsored by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program.

In addition to the lake, the 842-acre park has 8.6 miles of hiking trails (7.6 miles that also allow biking), and a campground with 168 sites. The park buildings were constructed in 1935, almost all by hand by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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