Swinomish Tribal Member, Cassandra Gonzales made sure her eight-year-old daughter Aaliyah Gonzales had the proper ISO approved glasses to watch the historic Solar Eclipse. Aaliyah was the very first participant to show up at the John K. Bob baseball field at 7:30 a.m. on the Swinomish Reservation. Swinomish Elder Ray Mitchell and his wife Jennie, along with nearly 60 other people, mostly Tribal employees, their families and various community members joined Aaliyah throughout the morning. Everyone shared ISO approved glasses and homemade “pin hole viewing contraptions” -made of cereal boxes, while one large box could actually be worn while viewing the shadows of the sun and moon as they crossed each other. The youngest one to be part of the excitement of this celestial event was 4-month-old baby Martin Edwards, Jr. For the children especially, this was a living science lesson, one that will never be forgotten.
Bruce Bradburn reports from Sun Valley, Idaho that as the eclipsed past 30 percent, bird song and presence ceased and the wind stopped completely. The temperature dropped a full 15 degrees. He reflected that “these phenomena, which may seem to be completely understandable to technologically-aware modern man had to have made the ancients most-likely terrified. However, even with current understanding, that event was no less magical and awe-inspiring.” Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (SITC) invited Native American and First Nation people, their family, friends, and those wanting to learn more about Indigenous culture to their Reservation for the 4th Annual Swinomish Days, August 11-13. Indigenous people have traveled and gathered together during different seasons to socialize and compete for decades. This is a chance to see family and friends, especially if absences were long. The summer season gives many a chance to be outdoors where they can enjoy canoe races, inter-tribal dance contests and stick games, a type of guessing game. From one generation to the next, talent and skills have been passed down, along with traditional songs, dance steps, techniques, and cultural teachings, in hopes they will be preserved, practiced, and shared. These traditional activities still take place in modern times. Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Homeowners and businesses in Fire District 13 can lower their fire insurance premiums with the District earning a Protection Class 6 fire rating. This gain from its Class 7 rating became effective August 1. It is based on an audit last winter from the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau, WSRB, which underwrites property and provides fire protection ratings for the insurance industry. “Each rate dropping saves some $150, average, in insurance premiums,” said Roy Horn, chief of Skagit County Fire District 13. “We’ve dropped from eight to six in the last five years.” It is the 17th consecutive year of a clean audit for the District. Wednesday, August 16, 2017
It was billed as Swinomish Days. But the Tribal weekend cultural celebration could well have been promoted as Swinomish Days AND Nights. A bevy of free admission events often spilled into the night, including the always popular canoe races on Swinomish Channel. Wednesday, August 16, 2017