Tuesday, May 26, 2015  

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.

Join The Fun!


Chief Seattle Days Golf Tournament
Thursday, August 13 at 9am at the new White Horse Golf Club. Find register your team online by clicking here! Find out about how your organization can help sponsor the event here.

Royalty Pageant
Friday, August 14, 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 and due by August 13, 2014. To obtain an application contact Sports & Recreation's Terry Johnson at (360) 394-8618 or tjohnson@suquamish.nsn.us

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 & Sunday. 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

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 Fun Run/Walk
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.  For more information, please contact Teresa Barron at (360) 394-8462 or tbarron@suquamish.nsn.us. Click here to view the map!

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 11.  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.


Chief Seattle Days Royalty 2013-2014
Shaylene Jefferson: Miss Chief Seattle Princess
Ryan Sigo: Chief Seattle Warrior
Katelynn Pratt: Miss Chief Seattle Junior Princess
Jade Jefferson: Chief Seattle Junior Warrior

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