Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In the July 27, 2011 issue...

Paddle to Swinomish
Despite the pouring rain, thousands of spectators lined both sides of the Swinomish Channel to watch dozens of Native American canoes come ashore Monday afternoon.

This was the first time in the 26-year history of the Coast Salish canoe rendezvous that Swinomish has been the destination. On Monday, about 75 canoes each carrying 12 to 20 people were welcomed ashore.

  Photo by Kirsten Morse
Spectators were treated to a feast for the eyes with the spectacular canoe landings.
Photo by Don Coyote
Even so, the rain didn't wash off all the smiles, even after days of paddling.

 Photo by Ben Davidson
And how wet was it? Soaking wet!
The Powwow continues until Sunday, with some unique Native American arts and crafts booths, food and, most spectacular the "protocols" the traditional songs, drumming, dancing and storytelling the visiting tribes are presenting each day in the big tent starting at 10 a.m.  
From the Police Blotter:
5:22 p.m.: Disorderly – A man staying at a hotel on North First Street, La Conner, was hanging out a window overlooking a parking lot yelling and ranting about things that were not actually occurring. He was arrested by deputies.
The paper is on sale at the new Chevron in Swinomish village, at the La Conner gas station,  liquor store, book store, drug store, produce market, in our office on Morris Street and in the red news stands in town.


  1. I hate to tell you this, but the lady in the photo on page 4 that you identify as Marian (Kern) Swanson IS NOT my mother! Don't know who it is, but you might check with Austin. C. V. Swanson Jr.

  2. Hello from Canada !

    I have to say watching the canoe arrive to Swinomish was a great feeling to meet some of the paddlers was inspirational to help lift the vetirins canoe from the water was a great feeling looking forward to returning to Swinomish and also to great the canoes at the end of their journey

    from Janarae, Richmond BC Canada