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Catalog Number 2004.010.006
Caption Maiden of Deception Pass
Description Maiden of Deception Pass -- a carving by Tracy Powell based on a Samish story. It is located on Rosario Beach, Deception Pass state park. The Maiden of Deception Pass: Ko-kwai-awoot was a beautiful Samish Indian girl living in a village at this site. She was gathering seafood one day when a young man from beneath the sea saw her and fell in love. But when this man of the sea asked her father for her hand in marriage, he refused, for fear whe would drown. The young man warned Ko-kwi-awoot's father that the seafood would disappear unless she married him. When his warning proved to be true, Ko-kwai-awoot's father granted permission for the marriage. The beautiful woman waded into the sea to join her new husband. Once again the seafood returned and was plentiful. Ko-kwai-alwoot returned to her people once a year for four years. Barnacles had grown upon her hands and arms, and her long raven hair turned to kep. Chill winds folowed whereever she walked, and she seemed to be unhappy out of the sea. Seeing this, Ko-kwal-awoot's people told her she did not need to return to them. Since that day, she has been the Samish Tribe's guiding spirit and through her protection there has always been plenty of seafood and pur, sweet springwater. This 23-foot story pole was carvced from Red Cedar by Tracy W. Powell of Anacortes. The pole was a joint project of the Samish Tribe and the Skagit County Centennial Commission. It was dedicated in a colorful, spirit-filled ceremony September 24, 1983.
Photographer KAISER, John
Subjects Native American
Rosario Beach
Credit line Donated by Peyton Kane
Place Rosario Beach
Object Name Postcard