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Tana Stobs will take southern route in Canoe Journey/Paddle to Quinault

July 16th, 2013 at Tue, 16th, 2013 at 9:53 am by rwalker

This year’s Canoe Journey/Paddle to Quinault will be a sentimental journey of sorts for Tana Stobs Canoe Family member Joey Holmes.

Holmes, 21, the education and docent facilitator for the Suquamish Museum, is enrolled at the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde. This year, Tana Stobs will take the Canoe Journey’s southern route, traveling in Grande Ronde territory from Champoeg State Heritage Area on the Willamette River, north through downtown Portland, to the Columbia River. The canoe will be trailered from Ilwaco to Willapa Bay, then return to the water for the pull north to Taholah on the reservation of the Quinault Nation.

Holmes said Tana Stobs and its canoe family will drive to Champoeg State Heritage Area on July 20, then resume their journey on July 21.

The Canoe Journey — an annual gathering of Northwest Native canoe cultures — stops in Suquamish July 19 and Port Gamble S’Klallam July 20.

This year’s visits will be more intimate than previous years. Most North Sound and Canadian First Nation canoes are traveling north of Admiralty Inlet en route to the final destination of the Quinault Nation on Washington’s Pacific Coast. North Sound canoe families expected to visit Suquamish include Nooksack, Samish and Swinomish; from South Sound, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Puyallup, Squaxin, and the family of Canoe Journey founder Emmett Oliver.

Port Gamble S’Klallam will host those canoe families, as well as those from Skokomish. All will proceed from Point Julia, joining other canoes at stops along the northern Olympic Peninsula en route to Taholah on the Pacific Coast. More than 100 canoes are expected to visit Quinault Aug. 1-6.

Canoes will be escorted from Neah Bay to Taholah by the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, commemorating the 225th anniversary of first contact between ships of the United States and the Quinault Nation.

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