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New “Sequim Prairie Pavilion"
“s-ch-qwee-ing spuh-thl-hunn”
Graces Pioneer Memorial Park

For years a hand-carved tribal canoe sat protected in Pioneer Memorial Park. It was donated in 1966 by Cy Frick to be exhibited in the park. After much research, Priscilla Hudson the SPGC historian, uncovered the carver’s name, William E. Penn. The canoe was returned to his niece, Viola Penn Riebe in a Gifting of the Canoe event in the park in April, 2017. It was restored by the Quileute Tribe and is now located at the University of Washington Campus, Olympic National Resources Center in Forks, WA.

In 2017, as the canoe was traveling home out of the park, W. Ron Allen the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Chairman and Dale Faustich, the Jamestown S”Klallam carver, offered a pavilion as a replacement. Dale, now retired, but for years their chief carver, designed the pavilion. Current tribal carvers who worked on the project were Timothy O'Connell and Dusty Humphries as well as volunteer, Andy Pitts. 

Load bearing columns feature mythical human figures whereas carved wolf heads extend from each end of the roof ridge. A bench along the back wall is planned. The Sequim Prairie Garden Club and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Council have named the new structure, “Sequim Prairie Pavilion” “s-ch-qwee-ing spuh-thl-hunn” which will be dedicated at an Irrigation Festival ceremony later this year.