The Festival of the Steh-Chass is a free community arts and Native cultural festival celebrating salmon habitat protection and restoring the estuary in Olympia. The Steh-Chass, otherwise known as Budd Inlet and lower Deschutes Watershed, was once a thriving estuary revered and used by ancestors of the Squaxin Island Tribe. Today we celebrate this history and advocate for the return of the estuary in Olympia as a site of cultural importance and critically needed habitat.
Festival of Steh-Chass takes place on Saturday, Sept. 1, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Heritage Park in Olympia. With Master of Ceremonies Gyasi Ross, the festival will feature well known preforming artists, vendors, and speakers, kids’ activities, fashion show, and ceremony by Nisqually, Squaxin, and Puyallup canoe families. Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas will headline the evening, with Thunderbirds Raised Her, Calina Lawrence and Momentum X as special guests.
The Festival of the Steh-Chass is sponsored by the Puyallup Tribe, Tulalip Tribes, Nisqually Tribe, Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team, Squaxin Island Tribe and Salmon Defense.
9 a.m. – Vendors Open
9:45 a.m. – Canoe Families Arrive at Capital Lake Dam
10 a.m. – Canoe Family Procession to Stage
10:30 a.m. – Squaxin Island Tribe Welcome and Steh-Chass History
11 a.m. to 1:25 p.m. – Honored Guest Speakers
1:30 p.m. – Indigenous Sisters Resistance
2:35 p.m. – Momentum X
3:30 p.m. – Abriel Johnny Fashion Show
4:20 p.m. – Calina Lawrence
5 p.m. – Thunderbirds Raised Her
6-6:45 p.m. – Taboo
6:45-7 p.m. – Closing & Thank You