Maiden of Deception Pass: Guardian of Her Samish People

A film by Tracy Rector, Lou Karsen

This film was screened as a part of the 2016 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF19)

This short film preceded the screening of the featureĀ Juanicas



USA, Cultural/Historical Documentary, 2015
27 min, Color

Long ago a maiden named Ko-kwahl-alwoot risked her life to save the Samish people from starvation. She did so by agreeing to marry a man of the sea, who threatened to take the plentiful sea-life away from the area if she did not. Her reluctant father demanded that Ko-kwahl-alwoot return annually. But, after about four years of visits, it became increasingly difficult for her to return to the village. And so, today, Ko-kwahl-alwoot lives eternally underwater. THE MAIDEN OF DECEPTION PASS: GUARDIAN OF HER SAMISH PEOPLE tells her story and how tribal history inspires generations of Samish people as they remember her and create and commemorate a statue to the Maiden.

Regional Premiere

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