BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Lummi tribe celebrated the first salmon of the season in a ceremony Thursday at the high school on the reservation near Bellingham.
Drummers beat a slow rhythm as a spring Chinook was wheeled in on a cart wrapped in a red blanket covered in cedar fronds. A procession of children matched the rhythm, shaking rattles and clicking small paddles.
The Bellingham Herald reports (http://is.gd/M6AycH ) the ceremony included a feast of roasted salmon and other seafood.
Hundreds of tribal members and guests attended the ceremony and heard the traditional story of how salmon came to the Lummi people.
Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com