Rain or Shine, This Festival Will Educate and Inspire – Water, Whales, and Native Americans

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My apologies for the late notice, but even so I hope you can attend this festival that celebrates both the whales and the local Native American culture.  That it may be a soggy day is a given this time of year, but those of us who live here are used to layering on the Gortex and going anyway!

The Penn Cove Water Festival features annual tribal canoe races, Native arts and crafts, demonstrations, storytelling, dance performances, artist demonstrations, authentic Native foods, children’s activities, and exhibits and displays.

Holding to tradition, the Penn Cove Water Festival is represented by an original design by Tsimshian artist Roger Purdue.

The new Whale Wheel celebrates the importance of orca whales.

This year’s design is the new “Whale Wheel” design, depicting 5 Orcas in the Northwest Native art style. The design will not only adorn the 2011 Water Festival T-shirts, posters and fine art prints, but is also featured on the new Whale Wheel being carved by local Coupeville carver’s under Roger’s direction. The carved whale wheel will replace the salmon wheel, carved by Roger and unveiled at the 1995 Penn Cove Water Festival.
The immense, beautiful interactive salmon wheel has been a favorite focal point of the Coupeville waterfront, with residents and visitors giving it a spin as they walk by. The salmon wheel will be “retired” and put on display in the Island County Historical Society Museum, and replaced by the new Whale Wheel. Roger chose orcas for the new design of the wheel, to honor the orcas and to remember the whales taken and killed during the Penn Cove orca captures of the 1970s.

Saturday, May 14th, 2011


Coupeville Waterfront, Whidbey Island, Wa


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