“The contemporary canoe journeys began in 1989,” said Capoeman. “Emmett Oliver, a Quinault Tribal elder organized the Paddle to Seattle as a part of Washington State Centennial Ceremony, revitalizing the canoe tradition, which had been lost for many years. We now know this as the Canoe Journey. The Canoe Journey has become symbol of cultural revitalization on a national and even international level. We can expect anywhere from 90 U.S. Tribes, Canadian First Nations, and even New Zealand to join the celebration. In the past we have seen canoes from Alaska and even Hawaii join in on this event. It truly has become an amazing part of revitalized Northwest culture,” he said.
“The Canoe Journey creates opportunities for tribal members to re-learn, strengthen and reinforce their canoe traditions. So many cultural values are learned from canoeing. Among these are positive pride, cultural knowledge, respect, and a sense of both personal achievement and teamwork,” said Sharp.
Volunteers are welcome. They can register at the Event Information Center, or at www.PaddletoQuinault.org.
Paddle to Quinault is an alcohol/drug-free event.
For more information, including site maps and schedule, please visit www.PaddletoQuinault.org.