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43 canoes arrive at Suquamish Thursday; 2,000 expected for Friday potluck dinner

July 22nd, 2011 at Fri, 22nd, 2011 at 9:46 am by rwalker

At least 43 Northwest Coast Native canoes, one of them an umiak, arrived at Suquamish on Thursday, more than had been expected earlier.

Suquamish continues its hosting today with protocol in the House of Awakened Culture beginning at 3 p.m. and dinner at 6:15 p.m. Canoes depart Saturday morning for Tulalip, followed by Cama Beach on Sunday and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, the final destination in the 2011 Canoe Journey, on Monday.

Swinomish expects to host at least 15,000 people over the seven-day cultural celebration.

The Suquamish Olalla Neighbors sent this message regarding Friday’s dinner:

“We now have an accurate count from tonight in Suquamish. Side dishes and desserts for over 2,000 will be needed at (Friday’s) community potluck at the canoe journey stop in
Suquamish at the House of Awakened Culture. Extra bread and salad would be especially helpful. Sorry this is such short notice. We are grateful for your help with these last minute numbers.”

Protocol — cultural sharing — began Thursday with Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian from Alaska, Kingcome Inlet, Warm Springs, Grand Ronde, Coquille, and Chinook. According to a posted list, protocol continues today with Cowlitz, Chehalis, Chumash, Ahousaht, Beecher Bay, Makah, Hoh, Quileute, Quinault, Dandalia, Nooksack, West Shore, Samish, Swinomish, Tulalip, Oliver Family, Lower Elwha, Jamestown S’Klallam, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Squaxin, Nisqually, Puyallup, 253, Muckleshoot Sacred Water, and Suquamish.

Canoes are welcomed to the shores of Suquamish, Thursday.

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