Voices of the Journey | 2012 Canoe Journey [Multimedia]

The annual Canoe Journey brings together aspects of tribal life that were almost lost in the past century: language, traditional regalia (clothing), carving of cedar canoes and paddles, sharing stories and gifts with one another — a strong culture revived by strong peoples.

The Canoe Journey began as the Paddle to Seattle in 1989, bringing traditional water travel back into tribal life. This year's Journey will end at Squaxin Island, culminating in a week-long celebration and potlatch protocol.

The North Kitsap Herald asked Journey participants, past and present, what the Journey means to them. The photos are of the celebrations and sharing of songs and words from several tribes, when Port Gamble S'Klallam and Suquamish Tribes hosted along the journey July 20-22, 2012.

Voices: Kw'umut Lelum canoe family; Katie Ahvakana, Suquamish; Leonard Forsman, Suquamish chairman; Betty Fulton, Port Gamble S'Klallam.

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