Coverage of the annual gathering of canoe cultures
More than 1,000 visitors expected at Little Boston during Canoe JourneyJuly 17th, 2013 at Wed, 17th, 2013 at 10:58 am by rwalker
LITTLE BOSTON — More than 1,000 visitors are expected at Little Boston as the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe hosts visiting canoe families participating in the 2013 Canoe Journey/Paddle to Quinault.
Canoes are expected to begin arriving at Point Julia in the early afternoon July 20, but that may change depending on weather conditions and other variables, according to Tribe spokeswoman Ginger Vaughan.
The general public is invited to experience the canoe arrivals at Point Julia.
For the past several months, members of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s Canoe Family have been practicing for the annual Canoe Journey. They will join the Journey on July 20 when other canoes land at Point Julia after spending the night at Suquamish. Before coming ashore, each canoe will request permission in an ancient protocol that celebrates Tribal culture and denotes respect.
In the evening, the Port Gamble S’Klallam will host a clam bake and seafood feast for the visiting families. Throughout the night, each visiting canoe family will honor traditional protocols and present songs and dances in the House of Knowledge. Community members and Tribe staff will be working the entire event to provide good hospitality to ensure guests have access to showers, laundry, meals, and transportation.
The canoes will launch from Little Boston on July 21 on their way to Port Townsend. The Journey will end on Aug. 1 at the Quinault Indian Nation.