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!

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  • 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

                 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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  • Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Plethora Edition

    My artichoke plants are in the ground soaking up the sun and rain. I’m so excited to have my favorite vegetable growing in the garden. So far, the slugs haven’t seemed to be artichoke eaters. Unfortunately, I have many other plants that they adore! The baby slugs are hatching all over right now, and they’re almost too tiny to see- but boy, do they have a voracious appetite. They devastated several new plants overnight, so I’m going to have to succumb and buy slug bait. Normally I just scoop them up into an old can and douse them with salt. These babies are impossible to see until they have gorged themselves on your new seedlings and had a growth spurt.
    My rhubarb is ready for first harvest this week, and we have a great new supply from Frank’s fields in Elma. Rhubarb is a tart, old fashioned plant that cooks like a fruit, but is actually a vegetable. You can make a simple sauce and serve it as a side dish or a dessert. It’s fun to work with, and it blends exceptionally well with strawberries, raspberries, and peaches. In pies, I mean. It seems as though so many new varieties of fruits are being cultivated to have less and less flavor. Blandness is threatening to rule the food world- do not let this happen to your dinner table! Grab that rhubarb , chop it up(6 cups), toss in the pot with 2 tablespoons of water and 1 cup of sugar, put in a kettle and cook and stir over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve alongside a beef brisket or pork chops and bring lip smacking flavor back to the table.
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