Cedar Hat and Eagle Feather program honors Swinomish grads


GRADUATING IN STYLE – Members of the Swinomish Canoe Family lead tribal La Conner High School graduates, dressed for success, to the annual Cedar Hats and Eagle Feathers ceremony at Swadabs Landing Park. The honored guests received prayers and words of encouragement from multiple speakers. – Photo by Bill Reynolds

High school and college graduates always look sharp this time of year in their caps and gowns.

But for true style points, it is hard to beat La Conner’s Swinomish high school graduates, who were decked out in colorful blankets, traditional cedar hats and eagle feathers for special pre-commencement ceremonies at Swadabs Landing Park last Wednesday.

There was plenty of substance, too.

Prayer warriors and Swinomish senators provided congratulations and words of encouragement to the community’s 2021 graduates, who will join their La Conner high classmates for commencement exercises this...

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