TAHOLAH, Wash. - Some of the traditional Native Cedar canoes destined for the 2013 Paddle to Quinault can now be tracked online at www.tinyurl.com/K77zryw. The site, which is updated every ten minutes, features the progress of canoes from the Bella Bella and T’Sou-Ke First Nation of Canada and the Grand Ronde, Lower Elwha, Muckleshoot, Squaxin Island, Swinomish and Warm Springs tribes.
In all, approximately 100 canoes are expected to arrive at Quinault for traditional welcoming ceremonies on Thursday August 1, according to Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation.
It has been 24 years since “Paddle to Seattle” first revitalized this long held Northwest tribal tradition, and the event has gained momentum throughout the Northwest ever since, said Sharp.
“The cedar canoe holds great meaning for tribes throughout the Northwest and western Canada,” she said. “The annual journey reaches deep into the hearts and souls of our people—both young and old, and helps them fully realize the vitality and spiritual strength of their tribal identity, underscoring our hope for a sustainable and positive future,” she said.
This year’s journey is also expected to draw an estimated 15,000 tribal and non-tribal visitors to the Land of the Quinault. The destination is Point Grenville, a Quinault beach near Taholah, approximately 40 miles north of Ocean Shores.