Duwamish River Festival 2012: Celebrating water, nature, people

August 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm | In South Park, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
The Duwamish River represents much of West Seattle’s eastern border – and while it was in and around South Park, today’s Duwamish River Festival was for everyone in the region to celebrate the river, and each other. Above, Alki Kayak Tours (WSB sponsor) guide Jimmy Pasch on one of AKT’s free river kayak tours. Back on shore, the Duwamish Tribe‘s T’ilibshudub (Singing Feet), with Ashley Shelafoe in the forefront:

Also from the Duwamish:

The festival celebrated many cultures as well as the life in and around the river itself. The Rainier Vista Khmer Dance Group also performed:

So did Mexican folkloric dancers Flokórico Guelaguetza:

Children played games – Brian Coyotecatl reached for a disc during a fishing game:

Catherine Harris turned heads in her crab costume:

Back on the river, signs of the many cleanup and restoration projects under way:

And the tours continued:

They educated all ages – including, in the next photo, 7-year-old Rea Williams – about the river’s status as both habitat and industrial zone:

The festival featured lots of education onshore too, especially from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, which presented the festival. DRCC’s James Rasmussen spoke with Mayor McGinn:

The mayor will be back in this area next Tuesday (August 27) for a Town Hall at Southwest Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle).


  1. Love love love the crab costume!!!!!!

    Comment by DiverLaura — 2:13 am August 26, 2012 #

  2. What a terrific event! Congratulations to all who put forth such great effort to showcase our river and our diverse community and what people are doing to protect and celebrate both.

    Comment by CEA — 7:01 am August 26, 2012 #

  3. Beautiful photos, Nick!

    Comment by Maggie — 7:23 am August 26, 2012 #

  4. Dang it! I had other plans and couldn’t make it! Looks like sooooo much fun. Next year!

    Comment by AJP — 8:22 am August 26, 2012 #

  5. Great photos. I love the Duwamish tribe – Chief Seattle’s people they lived all over our land before us – this link provide interesting background on their history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duwamish_tribe.

    This is very special.

    Comment by nice — 8:07 pm August 26, 2012 #

  6. Great event and fabulous photos!!!! A HUGE thank you to Alberto Rodriguez of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition for putting this all together!! :)

    Comment by Laura — 7:35 am August 28, 2012 #

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