Festival of the Steh-Chass

Festival Schedule



9:00AM- Vendors Open

9:45AM- Canoe Families Arrive at Capital Lake Dam

10:00AM- Canoe Family Procession to Stage

10:30AM- Squaxin Island Tribe Welcome and Steh-Chass History

11:00AM- 1:25 Honored Guest Speakers

1:30PM- Indigenous Sisters Resistance

2:35- Momentum X

3:30- Abriel Johnny Fashion Show

4:20 -Calina Lawrence

5:00PM- Thunderbirds Raised Her

6:00-6:45PM- Taboo

6:45-7:00PM- Closing & Thank You

Master of Ceremonies Gyasi Ross

Note* we will have some buffering in time in-between sets to allow for overruns and also last minute changes as needed.


Please contact Sarah Evans at 360.528.4308 or email sevans@salmondefense.org for more information. Download Steh-Chass Exhibitor Sign Up Form


Limited spots are still available for the two-day youth camp. Use the online registration form to get signed up. Registration ends August 22nd.

Youth Camp Schedule

Monday, August 27th: Tumwater Historical Park
10:00-5:00 pm

  • 10:00 Check-in/ Snack
  • Charlene Krise from Squaxin leads a tour of the historic Steh-Chass Estuary
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • Working with willow bark, creating lip balm, and storytelling
  • 3:00 Snack / games
  • Water quality testing of the Deschutes River, looking at river bugs
  • Debrief, clean up. 5:00 pm. Pick up

Tuesday, August 28th Heritage Park
10:00-5:00 pm

  • 10:00 Check-in/ Snack
  • Tour of 5th avenue dam and salmon dissection
  • Presentations at the Harbour House
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • Water quality testing of Capitol Lake and looking at invasive mud snails
  • 3:00 Snack /games
  • Participate in a community art project at the fountain
  • Debrief, clean up 5:00 pm. Pick up


Please contact Sue Patnude at olydert@gmail.com or visit deschutesestuary.org for more information.