Steamed Manila Clams
July 12, 2020
When Swinomish tribal members dig clams, it’s called clam jamming.
They get a tribal permit and follow the regulations as to location and times.
I, for one, have not participated in tribal clam digging.
I am not a tribal member from these parts.
So, I listen to stories, often the ones from my husband’s family: His brother, Greg Yakanak; his sister, Karen Joe; and his nephew, Jason Paul.
They go clam jamming.
Occasionally there is a photo, but often it is a story of their day.
The long walk out to the beach, digging and hauling a 5-gallon bucket back to the car.