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5/10/2009--Snoqualmie, WA, USA..Ray Mullen, the Snoqualmie tribe's "drum bearer" and one of nine members of the democratically elected Tribal Council that runs the tribe, poses at Snoqualmie Falls, what he calls the tribe's 'church'. As drum bearer, Mullen is responsible for learning traditional Snoqualmie songs and sharing them at tribal ceremonies whenever he is called to serve. ..The Snoqualmie Falls is a 268 ft (82 m) waterfall on the Snoqualmie River between Snoqualmie and Fall City, Washington, USA. For the Snoqualmie People, who have lived for centuries in the Snoqualmie Valley in western Washington, Snoqualmie Falls is central to their culture, beliefs, and spirituality. A traditional burial site, to the Snoqualmie, the falls are "the place where First Woman and First Man were created by Moon the Transformer" and "where prayers were carried up to the Creator by great mists that rise from the powerful flow." The mists rising from the base of the waterfall are said to serve to connect Heaven and Earth...©2009 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.