Sunday, August 28, 2011

Makah Tribal Salmon Bake, Neah Bay Village

Look at all the delicious salmon baking around the perimeter of this large fire. A line of about 75 people waiting for $10 salmon dinners continued all afternoon, never dwindling to less than 50 people when we left at 3:00 pm.

They never ran out of salmon, they just couldn't cook it fast enough.

Makah village elders chanted and played their percussion instruments for the traditional Makah dancers.

This is the Dance of the Geese.

Many of the tribal dances imitate animal behavior such as a seagull walking on a floating log, or a sandpiper feeding on the shore.

A family get together along the waterfront street. Many of the tribes people live in other parts of the country but return here to visit family and participate in the 3 days' festivities.

Beautiful handmade wooden canoes covered Neah Bay Beach, all polished and ready for traditional Makah canoe races in just a few minutes.

The drum beats continued throughout all the canoe races, adding to the ambiance of this authentic Native American experience.

The start of the Men's Singles Race. A shot fired for the start of the race and a shot fired for first, second and third place winners as well.

A couple womens' singles racers; neck and neck near the finish line.

A mens singles contender.

What tree is this? I think its a non-native ornamental as I only see them one at a time, but they are so unique. This is a small one but I've seen them at about 30 feet high.


  1. strange looking tree?..have no idea what it is!?

  2. The tree I think is called a monkey tree I guess because the branches look like a monkeys tail??? They grow very tall and are very odd looking ;p