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Paddle to Quinault canoes ashore, celebration continues

TAHOLAH, WA (8/2/13)– The Paddle to Quinault ceremony got underway with great style Thursday as dozens of traditional tribal cedar canoes from points near and far came ashore at Point Grenville near Taholah, a spectacle witnessed by thousands of Indian and non-Indian cheering spectators.

One by one the giant canoes were welcomed ashore by Quinault Nation leaders and Quinault dancers and singers as they rode the Pacific waves in, some completing a journey of hundreds of miles. The pullers (paddlers) then hefted their heavy canoes through the crowd to the safety and comfort of dry land, a count of 69 canoes in all.

            Following several hours of the traditional welcoming and landings, it was time for the host tribe to feed the canoe families and thousands of both Indian and non-Indian guests, then to commence potlatch activities which will continue until Tuesday, August 6. The welcome is extended to all, and traditional food, dance, music, storytelling and gifting are all provided with open arms and friendly smiles. The 2013 Canoe Journey Celebration is underway!

Paddle to Quinault Scheduled August 1-6, Volunteers Welcome

TAHOLAH, Wash. - The Quinault Indian Nation and the Quinault Canoe Society will proudly host the Paddle to Quinault 2013 August 1-6. All comers are welcome and volunteers are encouraged to register at www.PaddletoQuinault.org

             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.

            “The cedar canoe holds great meaning for tribes throughout the Northwest and western Canada,” said Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Nation and of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. “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 expected to draw an estimated 100 cedar canoes and 15,000 tribal and non-tribal visitors to the Land of the Quinault on the Pacific Coast. The destination is Point Grenville, a Quinault beach near Taholah, approximately 40 miles north of Ocean Shores.

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