A Suquamish youth canoe returns to shore after welcoming canoes arriving from other areas, July 21 in the 2012 Canoe Journey/Paddle to Squaxin. Canoes departed Suquamish on July 23 for other points south, en route to the territory of the Squaxin Island Tribe.
POULSBO — The Canoe Journey is arguably the largest cultural gathering in the Northwest, with canoes from indigenous nations traveling from their territories to a host nation every year for a week-long cultural celebration.
Since the first event, the Paddle to Seattle in 1989, the Canoe Journey's sphere of influence has expanded; today, the Journey has economic, educational, environmental, political and social impacts. The Herald explored those impacts with a pre-Journey series this year and in its continuing coverage. Here are links to stories we've posted and published, as well as some other stories we like from 2011.
— "Suquamish's Demain featured in video about Canoe Journey," July 30 NorthKitsapHerald.com.
— "Voices of the Journey [Multimedia]," July 27 NorthKitsapHerald.com.
— "The life lessons of the Canoe Journey | Editor's Notebook," July 23 NorthKitsapHerald.com.
— "Sharing the legacies of our ancestors so we can stand proud," July 22 NorthKitsapHerald.com.
— "Cultural celebration moves on to Suquamish," July 22 NorthKitsapHerald.com.
— "Canoe Journey in North Kitsap, day two | Slideshow," July 22 NorthKitsapHerald.com.
— "Canoe Journey in North Kitsap, day one | Slideshow," July 21 NorthKitsapHerald.com.
— "Journey breathes new life into art into canoe carving," July 20 North Kitsap Herald.
— "Experience the Canoe Journey | In Our Opinion," July 13 North Kitsap Herald.
— "A cultural immersion experience / 21st annual Canoe Journey visits Kitsap July 20-22," July 13 Kitsap Week.
— "Canoe Journey builds bridges between cultures," July 6 North Kitsap Herald.
— "Canoe Journey packs some economic punch," June 29 North Kitsap Herald.
— "Pulling in the Canoe Journey requires physical, spiritual fitness," June 22 North Kitsap Herald.
— "The power of the canoe / The Journey has been a major force in the region's indigenous cultural renaissance," June 15 North Kitsap Herald.
— "'Because of who we are' / Gifting is an important part of the annual Canoe Journey, and of Native culture," June 8 North Kitsap Herald.
— "Our series on the Canoe Journey | In Our Opinion," June 8 North Kitsap Herald.
— "2011 Canoe Journey: 'Our culture is still thriving. Our culture is still strong," July 28, 2011 NorthKitsapHerald.com.
— "2011 Canoe Journey: Canoes and culture come to North Kitsap," July 21, 2011 NorthKitsapHerald.com.