Swinomish Tribe hosts leg of Paddle to Muckleshoot Canoe Journey


August 2, 2023

Traditional Native American canoes are shown on a beach

Bill Reynolds

THE CANOES HAVE LANDED – Canoe families representing tribes from throughout the Salish Sea region stopped at Swinomish Reservation July 25, part of the Paddle to Muckleshoot annual Canoe Journey.

It was a current event on a Swinomish Channel steeped in history.

Tribal canoe families from throughout the region arrived here just before noon a week ago Tuesday as part of the Paddle to Muckleshoot, the continuation of a cultural tradition dating to when the Salish Sea was a Native American superhighway.

The 2023 Canoe Journey was the first such celebration in four years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Swinomish and Samish nations were on its route.

The display of handsomely painted canoes on the channel, modeled after those that in previous eras regularly connected Coast Salish tribes,...

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