Tuesday, February 9, 2016  

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.

Ride The Shuttle!

Shuttles will be running throughout the weekend between Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort and the festival grounds in Downtown Suquamish! For exact times, contact Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort at (360) 598-8700.

Camping & Hotel Information
Limited camping is available o-site with preference given to Canoe Race participants, dancers, drummers and vendors. Hotels in and around the Suquamish area include Clearwater Casino Resort, Guesthouse Inn & Suites, Poulsbo Inn & Suites, Best Western Suites and Island Country Inn.

Join The Fun!


Click Here For A Full Schedule!

Chief Seattle Days Golf Tournament
Thursday, August 13 at 9am at the new White Horse Golf Club. Our tournament team roster is full! Find out about how your organization can help sponsor the event here.

Royalty Pageant
Friday, August 14, Suquamish Tribal Members and Descendants between the ages of 8 and 18 are encouraged to compete in the Chief Seattle Days Royalty Pageant. A total of four youth will be crowned including Miss, Junior Miss, Warrior and Junior Warrior. The Pageant will be held at the House of Awakened Culture at 5pm. Applications are available and due before the event on August 14, 2015. To obtain an application contact Sports & Recreation's Terry Johnson at (360) 394-8618 or tjohnson@suquamish.nsn.us

Chief Seattle Honoring
Saturday, August 15, 9am. Join leaders of the Suquamish Tribe and community members in honoring Chief Seattle at a gravesite ceremony for the famous tribal leader. Prayers, songs and stories are shared about the life of Chief Seattle, and the annual celebration named after him. 

Saturday Parade
Saturday, August 15, 10am. 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 aleigh@suquamish.nsn.us

Pow Wow
August 15-16, Saturday 1pm Grand Entry & Sunday Noon Grand Entry. This year, the Host Drum will be Windy Point of Montana. The MC for the Pow Wow will be Raymond Thunderchild and the Arena Director Frank "Sunny" Eagle Speaker. During the Pow Wow, there will also be performances by the Aztec Dancers, and George Taylor and the Le La La Dancers. 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.

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. For more information about races contact Sports & Recreation Director Barb Santos at (360) 394-7107 or bsantos@suquamish.nsn.us

Softball Tournament

Put a team together and celebrate the return of the annual Softball Tournament. Held both Saturday & Sunday with prizes for the top 3 finishing teams. For details on registering click here! For more information, contact Sports & Recreation Manager Craig Miller at (360) 394-8574 or craigmiller@suquamish.nsn.us.

Salmon Dinner
August 15-16, Saturday & 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. 

Chief Seattle Days 5K Run
Sunday, August 16 at 10 a.m.  A fun, scenic and challenging course that passes by historic cultural heritage sites in Suquamish such as Chief Seattle’s Grave, Old Man House Park, marine water and mountain views, and starts and finishes at the Suquamish Tribe’s beautiful House of Awakened Culture.  Ribbons and t-shirts will be presented to the first five male and first five female finishers.  The first male and female finishers will also each receive a Pendleton blanket.  Participant ribbons, t-shirts and refreshments will be presented to all other participants. Pay entry fee and sign waiver on the day of race or send in registration brochure with payment and signed waiver.  Pre-registration at $15 per person and day-of-event registration at $18 per person.  Tribal members register for free.  All are welcome.  Come celebrate a fitness event at Chief Seattle Days. Download the registration form or view the map! For more information, contact Wellness Director Lisa Rey Thomas at (360) 394-7134 or lrthomas@suquamish.nsn.us

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. Please note- these applications are for non-food vendors only. For more information how to become a food vendor, please contact Coordinator Ed Midkiff at (360) 434-4780.
Attention Suquamish Tribal Members- receive additional discounts for your booth! Pick up your application at the Tribal Administration Front Desk during regular hours.



Chief Seattle Days Royalty 2014-2015
Katelynn Pratt: Miss Chief Seattle Princess
Sequoia Chargualaf: Chief Seattle Warrior
Kiya Ives: Miss Chief Seattle Junior Princess

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