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Blake Island, Harper

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Tillicum Village

Tillicum Village is a Native American village located on Blake Island, the birthplace of Chief Seattle, in Puget Sound. The village offers a four hour tour daily from May through September which includes a boat ride to the island (which departs from Pier 55 in Seattle), a show featuring the Tillicum Village dancers, and a buffet-style meal featuring Chinook Salmon cooked in the traditional Native American style: cooked on cedar stakes over an Alderwood fire. The whole tour is rather expensive. In 2008, the four hour tour cost $79.95 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under. However, the introduction to Pacific Native American tradition and culture is wonderful, and the tour is quite popular for tourists. My family treated me to a tour to celebrate my graduation several years ago and it was a memorable experience.

Upon arrival at Tillicum Village on Blake Island, you encounter a path strewn with clamshells. As you ascend the path, you are greeted by totem poles and you can catch a great glimpse of the longhouse. The show itself was very nice and a great introduction to Pacific Native American traditions and culture. It features various Native American dances done in full costume. The food served was good: a traditional salmon bake with sides to complement. Prior to the boat's departure you are given time to explore some of Blake Island's trails, make a purchase at their gift shop, or just sit and enjoy the view. While somewhat expensive, the boat ride over offered great scenery, the food was good, and the show was very nice. For those interested in Native American culture, I would recommend this as a great day trip for the Puget Sound area. [more ]

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