Lummi Island

Tamara Valjean

Kelseyville, United States

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View out across Bellingham Bay at Lummi Island, from Larrabee State Park, Washington. Originally calling this island “Skallaham,” the Lummi Indians are thought to have had two longhouses near Village Point which they used when they came to harvest berries and clams, fish or hunt deer. Villages were not established here because the location was too open to attack from northern Indians. The island was charted for the first time in 1792, by Spanish explorers Galiano and Valdez as “Isla de Pacheco.” Later it was known as McLaughlin’s Island. The name it bears now was bestowed officially by the U.S. Geodetic Survey in 1853. It is thought that the name referred to “luminara”, or great bonfires seen by the Spaniards as they arrived, a name the Lummi tribe later took as their own. (Info from website )
Shot this with my Panasonic point and shoot camera.

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