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Around this time of the year, Ko-kwahl-alwoot would have been making her annual summer return to her Samish people. Most of the time she lived with a man from the sea, which saved her community from starvation- her suitor threatened to take away their sea bounty if she didn't live with him underwater. Year by year, her family noticed her voice becoming gravelly, barnacles growing on her face, and her hair turning to seaweed. They saw she was happier in the sea, so there she stayed. Now we see her kelp hair floating when we look into the Salish Sea.
Sculpture by Tracy Powell
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