Special Spirit Power, War Spirit Power, Thunder Power and Chain Ligtning was unique to the Dungeness people. The S'Klallams would display this power in the manner that they entered a village for a potlatch or gathering.
From the Dance Plaza House Post Carvings - Dale Faulstich, Lead Carver and Designer.
Assistant Carvers: Nathan Gillis and Ed Charles. Volunteer carvers: Harry Burlingone and Don Walsh.
1033 Old Blyn Hwy
Sequim, WA 98382
We all met at Jamestown Beach at 6 a.m. That’s when we discovered that for the campers at Sequim High School, it had been a damp night – the school district apparently forgot to turn off the sprinkler timers on the field, and at about midnight the water came on, soaking all of the sleeping campers. They were soon turned off, but what a rude awakening!
The next morning,
after receiving permission from Tribal Chair Ron Allen to leave Jamestown, the
Laxaynem left the beach at about 6:20 bound for Hollywood Beach, along with
canoes from Cowlitz, Squaxin, Muckleshoot and Nisqually.
Meanwhile, ground crew made it to Elwha and set up camp. It took us about an hour and fifteen minutes to set up 9 tents and our kitchen canopy, and turn around to get back to the beach in time to watch the canoes coming in.
When they arrived at about 1:30, Paul Bowlby told us about the huge elephant seal they had seen on the end of the Dungeness Spit. One canoe reported that another elephant seal had tried to bite their canoe! The Lower Elwha Klallam greeted the canoes with song and dance, as well as water and sandwiches, and shuttled people back to camp.
We returned to camp and several of the pullers took naps before the 5 p.m. dinner. The Lower Elwha did a fabulous job feeding us all – salmon, halibut, elk and bear meatloaf, venison stew, fry bread and salad, plus lots of different desserts. The singing and dancing went on until after midnight.
At our evening talking circle, Marlin advised us that all of the canoes will be leaving Hollywood Beach by 6 a.m. on Friday, bound for Songhees. The Coast Guard has requested that we travel together, and they will go with us to the border. We agreed to pack up as much gear Thursday night as possible, and to get up at 3 a.m. so that we can have everything packed and get a hot breakfast before we leave for the beach at 4:30 a.m. But we still have tomorrow to get it all together. Some members of the Songhees Tribe will be here Thursday night to travel back with us, so that we find our way into the right bay, west of Victoria.
I learned about two traditions that are followed at Tribal celebrations like this one:
1) If you lose something and someone finds it, in order to get it back, you have to dance. One little girl lost her cell phone, and she danced for about 20 minutes at the evening protocol before it was returned to her.
2) Never let your drumstick drop; it is considered disrespectful to your hosts. During the singing last night, the moment that one drummer dropped his stick, the room fell silent. He had to apologize to our Lower Elwha hosts for his clumsiness.
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