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Other Links

Lushootseed- Language of the Puget   Sound classes 

Snohomish Tribe

Burke Museum - Canoe

Washington Canoe Societies

Marine Weather

NW-Canoes Ben+Sue Charles

AFSC -Jeff Smith


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The following is an excerpt from Anita's Story (Tribal Journeys 2007 Paddle to Lummi):

Mary was skipper on the Blue Heron and Ire was lead puller on the Raven. For a few private moments when other people were talking back and forth across the canoes, Mary and Ire were sharing their experiences in Lushootseed. It was moving to me. How long has it been since people have talked between canoes in Lushootseed, having an authentic, non-rehearsed exchange in traditional canoes?


Thank  you  Laughs-a-lot (Anita)


Tribal Journey 2014 Qatuwas 

We plan on traveling to the Cathaloptle PlankHouse in Ridgefield WA (Columbia River) from June 15 to June 20. Then on June 21 we arrive at Lummi and travel to Bella Bella. We arrive on July 13. If you are interested, a "I Plan on Attending" form can be E-mailed to you. A $30.00 non-refundable fee is required NOW (as-soon-as-possible). Space is limited (first come first served) and requires conditioning.


Schedule (Tentative)

Jun 14 - 18 Chinook Council - Columbia River

Jun 19 Chinook First Salmon Ceremony

Jun 20-21 Pack and head to Lummi Nation - Bellingham

Jun 22  leave Lummi - arrive San Juan Islands

Jun 23 Leave San Juan- arrive Tsaout


The rest of the schedule is the same as the other canoes traveling up the Salish Seas.

Calendar as of  04/22/2014

Fri Apr 25 @10 Earth Day at Stoljah ali (Gold Park, Lynwood)

Sat Apr 26@10am  Redondo -Any suggestions??

Fri -Sun  May 2-4 Edmunds Comm. Col - Pow Wow

Sat May 3 @2pm - Kwax-wad-ad-achi Dance Practice

Fri May 9 Kwax-wad-ad-achi Dance Practice - Seattle Sym.

Sat. May 10 @8am Sea. Sym Performance

Sat May 31 Kent International Festival.

Fri Jun 13 Port of Everett canoe with Edmunds CC

Sat Jun 14@ 9:30 from Redondo - Low Tide Festival 

Sun Jun 15 - 20 Chinook Nation Paddle - Columbia River



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The Blue Heron

The (Great) Blue Heron has a subspecies that does not migrate. One  such colony is in the Black River (not now existing) area located  between Renton and Tukwila. A potential subdivision now threatens  this colony. There is a effort to save this colony. See: http://www.heronsforever.org/



Redondo - From I-5 between Federal Way and Kent take Exit 147 (S. 277 St) turn west. Go past Pac. Hiway S. At top of bluff road will turn south and wind down to water. Just past Salty's Restaurant is a pay-to park lot. parking on street may be unavailable. #Redondo

Solo Point - From I-5 south of Tacoma take Exit 119  and head west. Immediately after the RR tracks veer right onto the Steilacoom-Dupont Rd. At 2.0 miles turn left (west) onto a paved road. On your left will be brown Wa. St. outline sign.  Stay on this road for 2 more miles until you meet the water and boat launch.#Solo point

Alki Pt. -  from I-5 take the West Seattle Freeway. Take the Avalon-Harbor Ave exit/ Turn right onto Harbor Ave. Just pass Salty's and Alki Crab is Kayak and skin dive park. Take second drive to boat launch.

Dance Team - From I-405 South  Take the Coal Creeek PKWY Exit 10 and turn right onto Coal Creek PKWY for .4 miles then turn left onto Factoia BLVD SE for 1.2 miles (past Factoria Mall) It becomes 128 Pl SE. Turn left onto SE 32 ST It will be about two blocks on your right.

Dance Team - From I-90 Seattle  Take the Exit 10B/Richards Rd for .1 miles then turn left onto Factoia BLVD SE/128 Pl SE Turn left onto SE 32 ST It will be about two blocks on your right. 

Dance Team - From I-405 North Take Exit 12/SE 8th ST turn left onto SE 8th ST for .5 miles. then veer right onto Richards Rd SE for 1.3 miles’ Then turn right onto SE 32 ST. It will be about two blocks on your right.

 Dance Team - From I-90 East    Take Exit 11 and veer right on ramp Then turn left onto SE EastgateWay for 1.5 miles. Turn right on 128 Pl SE Turn left onto SE 32 ST It will be about two blocks on your right.

Cathaloptle Plankhouse - South on I-5 to exit 14 -west on SR 501 2.5 miles to Stop light/sign - right (north) on to Main about .8 mile - left into Wild Life Refuge