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Low Tide Festival includes a traditional welcome to visitors

The third annual Low Tide Celebration brought hundreds of Islanders to Point Robinson, where a hardy collection of souls welcomed Snohomish tribal member Mike Evans, standing above, his crew and his canoe, the Blue Heron, to the beach.  Islanders on shore drummed and sang a song of welcome, given to Vashon by Evans earlier this year in honor of the tradition once practiced by sea-faring native people who populated the Puget Sound region. His crew zig-zagged towards the Island, navigating the currents and the waves, until Evans was close enough to call out to Capt. Joe Wubbold for permission to come ashore. Anne Spiers, who worked with Rayna Holtz, Leslie Creed and others to organize the event, said it was moving to experience the traditional ceremony. “It was everything we hoped for,” she said.  The day also included opportunities to explore Vashon’s intertidal reaches, as Owen Tjemsland and Lola Dammann, right, two young Islanders, discovered. - Photos © Ray Pfortner
The third annual Low Tide Celebration brought hundreds of Islanders to Point Robinson, where a hardy collection of souls welcomed Snohomish tribal member Mike Evans, standing above, his crew and his canoe, the Blue Heron, to the beach. Islanders on shore drummed and sang a song of welcome, given to Vashon by Evans earlier this year in honor of the tradition once practiced by sea-faring native people who populated the Puget Sound region. His crew zig-zagged towards the Island, navigating the currents and the waves, until Evans was close enough to call out to Capt. Joe Wubbold for permission to come ashore. Anne Spiers, who worked with Rayna Holtz, Leslie Creed and others to organize the event, said it was moving to experience the traditional ceremony. “It was everything we hoped for,” she said. The day also included opportunities to explore Vashon’s intertidal reaches, as Owen Tjemsland and Lola Dammann, right, two young Islanders, discovered.
— image credit: Photos © Ray Pfortner

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