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A smaller Blessing of the Fleet last week


THE TRADITION CONTINUES – Swinomish youth holding the Swinomish ceremonial offerings: (from left) Elijah Porter, Charles Baker, Selena Bailey, Zebadiah Joe, Daniel Rapada. – Photo courtesy of Caroline Edwards, Swinomish Communications

One of the biggest local events of the year was scaled back last week due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

But despite smaller numbers, it was still a big deal.

The annual Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, which in normal years draws 500 people or more, focused on quality rather than quantity last Wednesday.

It was a relatively small – but appreciative and thankful – gathering that assembled to celebrate the first catch of the season, pray for a safe fishing season and bless the tribal fleet.

While restricted to a smaller format, the 2021 Ble...

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