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A Celebration of the First Mariners of the Salish Sea You hear the songs coming across the water before the prows of 11- and 13-person Northwest indigenous canoes come into view. One by one, the canoes draw close to shore. Each skipper stands to ask in his or her language for permission to land. Then, there is welcome and celebration. This scene is repeated at each stop along the route of the Intertribal Canoe

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76 NORTHWEST YACHTING || JULY 2019

Journey, the annual late summer gathering of Northwest Native peoples, as canoe pullers travel from their home territories to that year’s host destination. This year, an estimated 100 canoes will travel from indigenous nations in Washington, British Columbia, and elsewhere to the Lummi Nation near Bellingham. The Canoe Journey is a maritime event like no other. It’s an athletic feat

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