For Immediate Release – September 2, 2011
19th Annual Salmon Homecoming Celebration
School Days • Pow Wow • Salmon Bake • Native Dance • Arts & Crafts
WHAT: Waterfront Park in Seattle will come alive with the sounds of over 1000 schoolchildren, teachers, artists, scientists, vendors, volunteers, Native American dancing, drums and singing. The Salmon Homecoming Alliance, a coalition of local tribes, City of Seattle, state, and county agencies and NGOs from across the Puget Sound are hosting a three-day festival celebrating Native culture and the importance of salmon to the people of our region – culturally, economically, environmentally & spiritually.
Join us to celebrate one of the most treasured parts of Seattle’s heritage. Friday evening performances begin at 6pm and will feature well-known Northwest and Alaska Native Dance Groups as well as the world famous Aztec Dancers. You’ll be able to purchase a freshly cooked salmon dinner to enjoy during the free performances. On Saturday the celebration kicks off with a traditional tribal canoe welcoming ceremony at 10am, followed by a pow wow, coastal drumming and dancing, plus food and arts & crafts vendors. The festival is free, fun for the entire family and not to be missed!
WHERE: Waterfront Park, Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way
WHEN: School Day Environmental Displays: Friday, Sept.15-16, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Dancing, drumming, salmon bake, arts & craft vendors and more: Friday – Saturday. See our web site, salmonhomecoming.org for a detailed schedule.
Salmon Homecoming Celebration 2011 is sponsored by: Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Seattle Aquarium, Tulalip Tribes, Seattle Public Utilities, Lummi Tribe, Seattle City Light, Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation, Squaxin Island Tribe, Upper Skagit Tribe, Washington Forest Protection Agency, CANOES- City of Seattle Native Employees, Stillaguamish Tribe, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, King County, Washington State Department of Ecology and Puget Sound Partnership.
Contact: Laura Austin, l [dot] austin [at] seattleaquarium [dot] org, 206.386.4329
Walter Pacheco, walter [dot] pacheco [at] muckleshoot [dot] nsn [dot] us, 253-876-3153