black fish song

Black Fish Song

Let me start by saying, I am aware that two of my photos are in sidewise this morning.   We are getting ready for a birthday party for one of our foster kids today and I don’t have time to figure out how to change them right now, sorry!!

I get excited when I hear the words “pow wow.” I picture the colorful dancing, drums and chanting. When it was announced that a group would be going from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe to the spring pow wow at the University of Washington I was eager to go along. Seneca and Raven were to participate in the opening exercise with tribal members.

elwha entry

Elwha Entry

Elwha group singing

Elwha group singing


Since our group was first up, many of the other people were still gathering and getting ready.

This young lady was getting her hair braided.
hair braid
And these two boys were getting their feathers arranged. When not being worn, feathers and hung on stands to protect them from damage.


The costumes were amazing, so colorful.   At the beginning all dancers enter and dance around the floor, then the competitions begin. There were competitions for dancing, singing, best costumes and so on. The dancing and singing was to go on for two days.

more color
best far


Wendy prepared peanut butter and jam sandwiches for all of our group.

As we left that evening, after a full day of celebration, Raven asked, “Can we come back tomorrow?”

A few days later we attended the Blessing of the Canoe, which was held behind the Tribal Center. Prayers were said for safety for all who will travel in the tribal canoe. The ceremony concluded with a song done by the drum group.   I am happy our kids are having an opportunity to participate in these traditions.

blessing canoow