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Steamed Manila Clams


Steamed Manila Clams

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.

The clams...

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