The Wolf Children
The sons from top:
The Sea Mammal Hunter,
The Hunter in the Forest,
The Fisher of Halibut and Salmon,
The Woodworker and Canoe Builder,
and the daughter, The Root and Berry Gatherer, Clam Digger and
These children represent the skills needed to be successful in the
S'Klallam culture. Carved above their mother, the legend
of the Wolf Children explains the origin of the village on Sequim Bay.
From the Dance Plaza House Post Carvings -
Dale Faulstich, Lead Carver and Designer.
Assistant Carvers: Nathan Gilles and Ed Charles. Volunteer carvers: Harry Burlingone and Don Walsh.
1033 Old Blyn Hwy
Sequim, WA 98382
The geoduck fishery began in 1994. The Jamestown Tribe requires that all tribal divers complete extensive training before participating in the geoduck fishery. The geoduck fishery is managed by regions (Hood Canal, Strait, San Juans, South, Central and North Sound) and harvest levels are based on a 2.7% annual harvest rate of surveyed geoduck. The geoduck fishery is strictly monitored by enforcement and fisheries staff. Prior to geoduck harvest, geoducks are sampled and tested for Paralytic Shellish Poisoning. Commercial harvesting of geoduck clams are done by hand, subtidally, using surface supplied air and water jet hoses called stingers. Since the geoduck are can burrow down to 2 or 3 feet, the water jet is used to liquefy the sand and the geoducks are hand-pulled from the substrate. Fishers harvest off of specialized fishing boats set up to allow one or two divers to harvest at a time in water depths that range from 18 to 70 feet below the surface. Geoducks are found in discreet tracts of suitable habitat, usually close to shore, but are found in shallow open-water habitats such as reefs and banks.
The Jamestown Tribe and State perform biological stock assessment of the commercial geoduck resource and to make annual recommendations on the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for each geoduck management region. Systematically spaced strip transect surveys are used to estimate the density of harvestable geoducks within commercial tracts, and a sample of geoducks is taken from these transects to estimate average weight. Biomass estimates on commercial tracts are the product of mean biomass per unit area and the total area of the tract. Regional biomass estimates are the sum of all surveyed commercial tract estimates within the region. Regional TACs are the product of the regional biomass estimate and the recommended harvest rate.