Canoe Journey lands at Swinomish


LEAVING FOR LUMMI – Tana Stobs, the Port Gamble S’Klallam and Suquamish canoe family, departed for Samish from Swinomish on Tuesday’s morning tide, after camping out and sharing protocol at Swinomish. Some 70 canoes landed at the Lummi Nation today, starting a weeklong cultural celebration, which also marks 30 years of this resurgence of the Northwest canoe society. – Photo by Robin Carneen

A single bald eagle circled overhead as the canoes began to land at Swinomish Monday. A good sign. It was originally estimated that upwards of 5,000 attendees and participants would converge upon the landing site, located at the three cedar hat pavilion. While there is no clear way to calculate a final number, by all accounts the estimation was not far off.

Sunday, Tulalip hosted the journey with a reported 65 canoes landing on their beaches. Early Monday morning the canoe families re-entered the water to continue to Swinomish with the Tulalip tribe joining the journey. It was an eleven hou...

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