Saturday, April 19, 2014  

About Chief Seattle Days

A 3-day public festival established in 1911 to honor chief Seattle, a famous leader of the Suquamish People for whom the City of Seattle is named. The first event was started on the current Celebration Grounds in Downtown Suquamish by local Tribal Members, community residents and civic leaders from the City of Seattle. At the time, the new town of Suquamish was linked to Seattle by foot passenger ferries which allowed city residents to travel across Puget Sound and enjoy the celebration. 
Many of the same activities from the 1911 celebration are still featured today including the traditional salmon bake, canoe races, baseball tournaments, drumming and dancing, and a memorial service for Chief Seattle at his gravesite in Suquamish.
Throughout the years other events have been added to the celebration. These include a Coastal Jam, Powwow, Fun Run, craft and food vendors and the Chief Seattle Days Youth Royalty Pageant.  Learn all about participating in this year's events by reading the excerpts below.
You can also visit our Flickr page for photos of last year's event. Simply click here!

Parking & Transportation

Free general parking is available in the lot adjacent to the House of Awakened Culture.  Parking will also be made available at the Tribal Administration Offices on Suquamish Way.  Arrive early!  These areas have limited spaces available.

Join The Fun!

Chief Seattle Days Schedule
View a schedule of all the events by clicking here!

Chief Seattle Days 5K Run/Walk 
Sunday, August 18 at 10am. If you are interested in joining the Chief Seattle Days 5K Run, register online, contact Teresa Barron at, or by phone at (360) 394-8462. Suquamish Tribal Member participation is free, with pre-registration at $15 per person and day-of-event registration for $18 per person for non-tribal members. Download the route map here!

Co-Ed Softball Tournament
Softball tournament occurs throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Team registration is being organized by the Sports & Recreation Department. If you are interested in signing up a team, please contact Craig Miller at or by phone at (360) 394-8574.  You may also contact Magdalena Tureitta at or (360) 394-8634.

Chief Seattle Days Golf Tournament

Sunday, August 18 at 9am at the new White Horse Golf Club. Find out details and register your team online by clicking here!

Pow Wow
If you're interested in participating in the Pow Wow as a dancer, no pre-registration is required. Sign-ups will be available starting at 10am on Saturday, the day of the event. Events scheduled in Tiny Tots, Boys, Girls, Adults and Golden Years categories include Fancy, Traditional and Grass competitions.

Saturday Parade
Community members and organizations are encouraged to join! No registration necessary.  Simply bring your family-friendly costumes, floats and banners to the Suquamish Tribal Administration Building at 10am on Saturday for the parade line up. For more information about participating in the parade, please contact April Leigh at (360) 394-7102 or

Salmon Dinner
Saturday and Sunday noon-5pm there are traditionally prepared Salmon Dinners for sale. The meal includes Alder Baked Salmon, Red Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, a Bread Roll and Bottled Water.  The price of the meal is $9 for adults and $6 for Seniors and children under the age of twelve.

Royalty Pageant
Suquamish Tribal Members between the ages of 5 and 18 are encouraged to compete in the Chief Seattle Days Royalty Pageant. A total of six youth will be crowned including Princess, Tiny Tot and Junior Princess, Warrior, Tiny Tot and Junior Warrior. Applications are available here and are due by August 15.

Chief Seattle Days Vendors
Vendor applications are currently being accepted for Chief Seattle Days. If you are interested in being a vendor, please fill out a Vendor Application. The due date for applications is August 13.  Submission details and event rules are listed on the application. For more information on becoming a Vendor at Chief Seattle Days contact Coordinator Ed Midkiff at (360) 434-4780.

War Canoe Races
Cheer on your favorite War Canoe Racers throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.  War Canoe Racing will occur along the waterways near the Charles Lawrence Memorial Boat Ramp in Downtown Suquamish.


Chief Seattle Days Royalty 2012-2013
Jazmine Lawrence: Miss Chief Seattle Princess
Sequoia Chargualaf: Chief Seattle Warrior
Raven Roberts: Miss Chief Seattle Junior Princess
Quelisha Bayes: Tiny Tot Princess

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