Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

July 26, 2016

Ken Chokee Photos 'Paddle to Nisqually'

Ken Chokee said, "Many blessings today for our Nisqually Canoe Family as we landed in Lummi Nation."



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Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey stopped at Lummi Nation on July 20, 2016, at the Lummi Stommish Grounds. Many canoe families started at Lummi Nation and paddled from Birch Bay. Ken Chokee's photos share the journey from Lummi Nation to Samish Nation and Swinomish Nation.
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Read more in Bellingham Herald:
Northwest tribes from Alaska, Canada and Washington state are traveling the saltwater highway to the Nisqually Indian Reservation, stopping at coastal tribal communities along the way, in what’s being called the Paddle to Nisqually. Some paddlers began July 13 at the Ahousaht First Nation community, about 11 miles north of Tofino, B.C., on the western coast of Vancouver Island; others started July 15 on the Quinault Reservation and are working their way up the Washington coast, down the Strait of Juan de Fuca and into Puget Sound.

Canoe Journey 2016, Paddle to Nisqually, continues an inter-tribal celebration and annual gathering of Northwest indigenous nations. The annual tribal journey in the Pacific Northwest region was sparked by the Paddle to Seattle in 1989 as part of Washington State’s Centennial celebration. Over 20 Canoe Journeys have been held since 1993, when pullers (the preferred term because of the pulling motion on the paddle) from Canada, Alaska and Washington voyaged from their home communities to Bella Bella, B.C. The Canoe Journey has grown to include over 100 canoes and the participation of Canoe Families from other native canoe cultures, including Native American tribes, First Nations peoples, Alaska Natives, Inuit, Maori, Native Hawaiians, and other indigenous peoples from across the world.
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