Experience tribal culture during Lavender Festival

The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe at Blyn will feature additional activities during the Sequim Lavender Festival, July 16-18, a salmon dinner, a storytelling session and a totem tour.

On Friday, July 16, with dinner and storytelling, experience some of the best of Northwest tribal culture and food hosted by the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe at the tribe's community center on Sequim Bay. The tribe's carving shed, where the totem poles for the tribal campus and Seven Cedars Casino are created, will be open from 4-6 p.m.

Tribal carvers will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate carving techniques. Dale Faulstich, master carver and co-author of "Totem Poles of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe," will be available to sign copies of his book, which will be on sale Friday evening. The tribe's art gallery and gift shop, Northwest Native Expressions, which carries souvenirs as well as original Native American artwork, also will be open.

At 6 p.m. a traditional salmon dinner will be served; the salmon will be cooked on stakes over an open fire and served with local vegetables, traditional fry bread, a berry dessert and nonalcoholic beverages. At 6:45 p.m., renowned Jamestown S'Klallam storyteller Elaine Grinnell will begin to tell tribal tales as well as display and describe native crafts and tools.

Sign up for a guided walking tour of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's renowned totem poles. Get an "up-close" view of the poles while learning about the historical figures and legends that inspired their designs. Not only will you learn about the "Founding Fathers" of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, you'll also discover why the S'Klallam are called the "Strong People" and why the wolf is so well respected.

In addition, the numerous stories and folk tales illustrated on these carved columns will be revealed. Advance reservations are required - 25 participants per tour.

Profits from the dinner will be donated to the operations budget of the Dungeness River Audubon Center. This center is a partnership with the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, Audubon Washington and the River Center Foundation. Learn more about the Dungeness River Audubon Center at

Ticket costs are: Dinner/storytelling - $45 adult, $25 child*; dinner/storytelling and totem tour - $60 adult, $30 child; totem tour only - $20 adult, $10 child.

*child = ages 10 and under

Call the tribal office at 681-4661 or e-mail to order tickets.

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