Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

July 26, 2019

Canoes on Highways of Ancestors Arrive at Lummi Nation

Suquamish Canoe Family in solidarity with Mauna Kea Protectors — at Tribal Canoe Journeys.

Canoes on Highways of Ancestors Arrive at Lummi Nation

Photos by Zoltan Grossman

Photos by Zoltan Grossman
Published with permission
Censored News

Many dozens of canoes from around the Pacific Northwest Coast and Salish Sea arrived Wednesday at the Lummi Nation, near Bellingham Washington, in the Tribal Canoe Journey, an annual event celebrating the cultural revitalization (especially for youth) of "traveling the highways of the ancestors." Some of the canoes traveled 400 miles over three weeks.

The skippers and other crew asked permission to come ashore and then hoisted the canoes to walk ashore. (Also see my album of videos.) There will now be five days of Protocol (open to the public), as each tribal canoe family presents songs and dances from their homeland. I'll post photos of Protocol soon. #PaddleToLummi2019 -- Zoltan Grossman

Tlingit-Haida canoes from Alaska — at Tribal Canoe Journeys.


(Map above) The Lummi Nation is about in the middle of the Salish Sea. Canoes came from the south (Puget Sound and Washington Pacific Coast), and the north (Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca, and the Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island). The U.S.-Canada border is irrelevant, and doesn't even appear of this official Paddle to Lummi map. -- Zoltan Grossman

Photos copyright Zoltan Grossman
Thank you for those on the Canoe Journey and thanks to Zoltan for sharing with Censored News 

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