Swinomish Tribe hosts leg of Paddle to Muckleshoot Canoe Journey
August 2, 2023
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,...