Each year the Skokomish tribe gathers to honor its elders and heritage. This year, a ‘chum run’ (a mini-marathon) was held with prizes to those who entered. A 1st Elk ceremony to honor these magnificent animals sustaining the tribe for countless generations was performed to bless the cornucopia of food gathered from the Skokomish traditional lands shared with all who attended this cultural event.
The generous mountain of food graciously prepared by tribal members to share with all consisted of servings of elk, venison, salmon, creamed turkey, chicken, ham, oysters, Hood Canal spotted shrimp, cabbage, watermelon, beef pasta, potato salad, beverages, turkey breast, bread rolls, sauces & gravy, pies, cakes, berry cobbler, cupcakes, and desserts of every description.
The rest of Mason County may look like the aftermath of the Pied Piper due to its high incidence of retirees, but the Skokomish had an abundance of healthy beautiful children at this gathering in its well maintained park.
Each year, the tribe gives its elders an assortment of gifts such as T-shirts, jams, honey, teas, potpourris, and traditionally decorated blankets for its eldest members.
The ‘chum run’ mini-marathon participants got an early start about 1 hour before the 1st Elk blessing and ceremony. The ‘chum run’ is a mini-marathon arranged as part of the Skokomish Tribe’s annual 1st Elk & Elders picnic. All runners are given prizes.
8-20-11 Skokomish Chum Run
The Skokomish Tribe conducts their annual 1st Elk Ceremony at the picnic to honor the Elders and their heritage.
8-20-11 Skokomish 1st Elk Ceremony
A Skokomish Tribal Elder offers a prayer to bless the Elk, invoking its spirit, at their annual 1st Elk Ceremony and Elders picnic.
8-20-11 Skokomish 1st Elk Ceremony Prayer
A Skokomish Tribal Elder offers a short explanation of the blessing and prayer for the 1st Elk ceremony, invoking its spirit, at their annual 1st Elk Ceremony and Elders picnic.
8-20-11 Skokomish 1st Elk Ceremony background explanation
8-20-11 Interview w/Lummi Tribal Elder
‘Jerri’, a Lummi tribal elder, describes a bit about herself and the nature of the gathering (1st Elk Ceremony & honoring of the elders) where this interview was conducted.