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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit a statue erected to commemorate the Samish people and one of their most memorable traditions. Thousands of years ago, a young woman named Ko-kwal-alwoot crouched beside tide pools, looked into the water, and saw a face looking back at her that wasn’t her own. Today, her descendants are still telling the story of what happened next.

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The Maiden of Deception Pass.
The Maiden of Deception Pass. Sean O’Neill, CC BY-ND 2.0/Flickr