Soak up tribal culture with Tillicum Village trip

Jul 19, 2014

The Mill Creek Family YMCA is offering older residents an opportunity to soak up the Northwest’s rich tribal culture with a trip to Tillicum Village.

Participants will enjoy breathtaking views and a colorful narration as they cruise across Puget Sound to historic Blake Island, the legendary birthplace of Chief Seattle.

On arrival you’ll be greeted with steamed clams in savory nectar. Inside the cedar longhouse, you’ll watch salmon being prepared over open fires, just as it has been done for centuries.

(The buffet lunch options include their traditional alder baked salmon or bison, venison and beef stew.)

After your buffet, including choices of various salads, fresh fruit and warm Tillicum bread, you’ll sit back and enjoy a one-of-a-kind performance combining Coast Salish storytelling and live traditional Native American dance.

Open to anyone age 50 and up, the adventure will begin at the Y at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, traveling to Seattle to board the Argosy at 11.

You’ll return to Pier 55 at 3:30 p.m., arriving back at the Y at about 4:15.

The adventure is open to all Snohomish County seniors. Registration is taking place now until Aug. 1. Cost is $107.50; tickets are pre-purchased, so no refunds will be possible for cancellations.

To register or for more information, contact Terry Huffer at 425-357-3024 or email thuffer@ymca-snoco.org.

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