Makah welcome Tribal Canoe Journey to
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Washington: 86 canoe teams participated
in the the Makah tribe's 2010 Tribal Canoe Journey.
Billed as the "Paddle to the Beginning
of the World," the yearly journey is
part of a weeklong celebration on the
More than 50 Pacific Northwest tribes
and Canadian First Nations joined in the
Before the canoes landed, about 100
female Makah dancers danced in a line formation on the beach.Thousands
of onlookers joined in welcoming
songs while sitting on bleachers, logs
and the sand.
The teams landed at Neah Bay in a 4-hour
landing ceremony while several thousand
Each canoe anchored to a rope about
50 yards offshore. Then a member of each canoe team asked the
Makah for permission to come ashore, as
"We're glad you're here," said Joe
McGimpsy, who welcomed each canoe on the
public address system.
"Thank you for your journeys here
Maria Parker Pasqua spoke to the pullers
in the Makah language.
Trial Chairman Michael Lawrence then
recited her words in English.
"On behalf of the people of the cape, I
am honored for your presence," Lawrence
said from atop a longhouse built for the
Tribal Journey. "On behalf of the
tribe and the families that have
suffered [cultural] losses, we have
been given the direction to carry on --
carry on and make our people proud --
and that's what we're going to do.
"The Makah tribe has long been rich in
culture and has carried on our rich
songs and dances, even when the
government attempted to tell us to no
longer practice our cultural ways."
Vice Chairman Nathan Tyler described the
Canoe Journey as a "historic" event for
"We share many of our songs and dances
during our annual Makah Days
celebration, which in 2010 will mark the
86th year of this event," Lawrence said.
"With Tribal Journeys 2010, another page
in the history is written. We are
thrilled that we are a part of history
with you, and overwhelmed by the amount
of growing participation that Tribal
Journeys is witnessed to each year.
"We, the Makah tribe, honor your
attendance," Lawrence continued.
"We welcome your songs and dances. We
invite you to share a meal with us. We encourage you to keep your
traditions alive and your culture