People looking for a unique gift for the holidays will want to visit the Coast Salish Winter Festival this Saturday, December 12 and next Saturday, December 19. Artists and artisans will be selling authentic, handcrafted Native American artwork to the public.
The arts and crafts market will take place at the Lummi Te’Ti’Sen Center (formerly the Lummi Gateway Center), 4920 Rural Avenue, Ferndale, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A variety of exclusive items hand made and sold by Lummi community members will be on offer.
The Coast Salish Winter Market, presented by the Lummi Cultural Arts Association, is in its fifth year. Earline Hansen, co-owner of Orca Beads & Things, has participated in the festival since the first year.
“I’ve noticed the festival has grown every year,” Hansen said. “There are more vendors taking part and we are getting more customers.”
This year, 15-25 vendors will participate in the arts and crafts market.
The mission of the Lummi Te’Ti’Sen Center is to provide a gateway to ethical business development focusing energy on community wellbeing and prosperity. The center is a tribal business incubator, a facility of the Lummi Indian Business Council and is operated by Lummi Ventures Partnership and Lummi Community Development Financial Institution.