The U.S. Corps of Engineers has commenced work on the Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) sea wall and Quinault has issued an advisory that this will result in increased traffic from Aberdeen to Taholah along the ocean beach road and State Route 109 for the next 48 hours, according to QIN President Fawn Sharp.
More than 100 dump trucks are engaged in the project. “With clam digging this weekend and Quinault’s General Council meeting taking place, it is projected that there will be more than 1000 additional vehicles on the road already, so we advise people to drive with extreme caution,” said Sharp.
The Corps approved Quinault’s request for emergency assistance shortly after it concurred that an emergency situation exists, posing an imminent threat to the lives and safety of residents of the Lower Village of Taholah due to breaching of the seawall and encroachment of high waves and sea water.
High waves and winds are anticipated over the week end and the threat continues. “But it is important for people to remain calm and follow the instructions of our emergency workforce,” said President Sharp.
“We wish to acknowledge and thank the help of the Corps of Engineers as well as Grays Harbor Emergency Services, the elected officials and all others who have sent their prayers and offers of support. Our people will be kept safe and we will continue to seek a more long term solution to this dangerous situation,” said Sharp.
TAHOLAH, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it’s responding to a Quinault Indian Nation request for help to fix a seawall breach at the lower village of Taholah (Ta-HO-laa) on the Washington coast and prevent further flooding….
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TAHOLAH, WA (8/5/13)—The Paddle to Quinault continues in its fifth of six days today, as tribal nation after tribal nation shares song and wisdom passed from generation-to-generation with a gathering of approximately 10,000 people gathered at the newly named Hunishu Point just south of Taholah on the Quinault Reservation.
On Sunday, 22-foot motorized canoes raced at the mouth of the Quinault River, in a demonstration worthy of two worlds coming together—that of the first peoples whose lives and legacies enrich the land and waters of the Pacific Northwest far beyond that of contemporary countries, and that of the automobile, jet plane and even the hydro-style boat races akin to Seattle’s Sea Fair.
Hunishu Point has been dedicated to Quinault elder Phillip Martin Sr., the Quinault elder who in 1989 captained a crew of women pullers (paddlers) in a cedar canoe from Quinault to the Paddle to Seattle—the first of the modern canoe journeys. Since then, the construction of the beautiful, traditional cedar canoes has been resurrected among the tribes of the Northwest, and beyond, and the paddles have become annual events. Participants have come from Oregon, California, Idaho, Alaska, California, Washington and other states, including Hawaii, Canada and even New Zealand. As the potlatch draws to a close tomorrow, the final words and songs will be shared by the Bella Bella First Nation of Canada (host of next year’s paddle) and the Quinault Indian Nation.
Hunishu is Martin’s Indian name, meaning “Elk That Thunders.”
This year’s Paddle to Quinault attracted a total of 89 of the 30 foot plus canoes to the Quinault Reservation. Most arrived Wednesday, and the tribal potlatch has been in full swing ever since. Tomorrow is the final day. The public is invited. More information on the event is available at www.PaddletoQuinault.org.
TAHOLAH, WA (83/13)– A 70 foot Totem was dedicated today at Hunishu Point, near Taholah, where the Paddle to Quinault potlatch continued into its second of six days. The Totem was carved from a 1000 year old redcedar tree from a section of Quinault forestlands set aside for such purposes. “The Totem reflects the connection of the Quinault people with the land and the animals. These are the things that make us Quinault,” said Guy Capoeman, journey coordinator.
Tribes from throughout the Northwest, Canadian First Nations and even Natives from Hawaii and New Zealand celebrated through the day and prepared to continue into the night. They progressively shared their customary dance, song, gifts and words of honor and traditional value. Thousands of visitors continued to pour in, shopping at dozens of Native vending booths, taking in the traditional ceremonies and enjoying the complimentary food by the thousands. The Bella Bella First Nation will perform Monday, just prior to Quinault. Bella Bella is next year’s journey destination.
The Totem was dedicated to Emmett Oliver, the Quinault tribal elder whose efforts led to the renewal of the canoe journey tradition. In its first year of 1989, 20 canoes were involved. The final count of canoes this year is 89, according to Capoeman. The Totem, which was also dedicated to longtime tribal leader Phil Martin, was carved over a period of approximately three months by Quinault tribal members James DeLaCruz, Jr., Marco Black and Brian Comenout.
The potlatch can be monitored via streamline at www.GHWebTV.com. More information on the event is available at www.PaddletoQuinault.org.
Motorized canoe races are scheduled to be held on the Quinault River on Sunday.