The free weekend event – featuring canoe races, cultural exhibits and demonstrations, children’s activities and a Native American marketplace – promises to be an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family. Also, tickets may be purchased for a traditional salmon bake dinner or an evening with the Pow Wow Comedy Jam.
New this year, the Celebration will include a “weigh station” for the 12th Annual Coos Basin Amateur Salmon Derby taking place the same weekend.
Linked to traditional observances marking the return of the salmon, The Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration, began as a means of sharing the heritage, culture and traditions of the Coquille Indian Tribe and other Pacific Northwest Tribes with residents and visitors to Oregon’s Bay Area. Now in its eighth year, the event attracts Native American artisans and musicians from throughout the Western United States and Canada.
Known for showcasing a traditional salmon bake dinner where fresh salmon is prepared in the time-honored Coquille open-pit manner, the Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration offers visitors the opportunity to experience Native American culture, art, food and music. The celebration, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, features daily performances by Native American storytellers, drummers, flutists and dancers, a marketplace offering traditional wares and foods, a bay-front canoe exhibit and races, traditional games and activities for children, plus a variety of cultural demonstrations and educational exhibits.
In addition to the free daytime events which will take place on the casino’s waterfront dock and South end of the Hotel, this year’s celebration will also feature the nation’s premiere Native American comedy troupe, Paw Wow Comedy Jam, which was recently awarded the North American Indigenous Image Award for Comedy Performance. Recognized by their peers and fans for their ground-breaking comedy, Paw Wow Comedy Jam showcases three of the best and brightest Native American comedians: Vaughn Eaglebear, Marc Yaffee and Gilbert Brown. They will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Salmon Room.
Tickets for the Pow Wow Comedy Jam and the popular Salmon Bake dinner, which will be served from 11a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, will go on sale at Ko-Kwel Gifts inside The Mill Casino • Hotel on Tuesday, June 7 at 10 a.m. Tickets for the concert are $18 per person with an $8 discount for Millionaire$ Club members, while tickets for the Salmon Bake dinner, including a commemorative tee shirt, are just $17 for children 12 and under and $25 for adults with a $5 discount for club members. Call 800.953.4800 for more info!