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Karshner Center celebrates canoe journey
Karshner Center celebrates canoe journey
Posted on 06/20/2018

For the first time, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians will host the Canoe Journey 2018 during July 28 – August 4. Approximately 15,000 coastal tribe members from all over the Pacific Northwest are expected to participate.

The Puyallup School District will help celebrate with special events at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts August 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. All are invited to this FREE family-friendly event.Native in regalia head dress

Visitors will experience the Coast Salish traditional culture through artifacts, displays, film, photo, art, and storytelling. Children can learn traditional crafts and see Native American craftsmen in action. Over 300 artifacts will be on display and include model canoes, paddles, baskets, tools and a photo collection of previous canoe journeys by Denny Hurtado, Skokomish, past OSPI Indian Education Director.   

The Puyallup School District will provide free round-trip shuttle buses from Chief Leschi Schools to the Karshner Center so visitors to the Canoe Journey, “Power Paddle to Puyallup 2018,” will have easy access to the events of the day at the museum. Likewise, visitors to the Karshner Center may use the shuttles for easy transport to Chief Leschi to participate in the Puyallup Tribes celebration.

Educators are invited to one or two days of professional development to learn about the culture of the canoe, canoe-making, the canoe journey and its importance to Coast Salish tribes today. Participants will learn the traditional methods for cooking, making baskets, cattail mats, art, use of natural resources, food gathering, and the tribal importance of protecting the environment and its wildlife. Up-to six clock hours will be available.

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The Puyallup Tribe of Indians have lived on the shore of Puget Sound for thousands of years. The tribe has been known for being “generous and welcoming to all people who enter their land.” This year at the Paddle to Puyallup 2018 Canoe Journey, they are expected to be welcoming 92 tribes from all over Washington.

The Canoe Journey first began in 1989. The Suquamish and the Duwamish were the first host tribes. This acclaimed event is for the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest. Tribes from all over the Pacific Northwest meet and travel by canoe along the shoreline visiting Native Nations on the journey to the final tribe location.

Click the links below to learn more about Power Paddle to Puyallup 2018, for information regarding Celebrate the Canoe Journey at the Karshner Center.

Power Paddle to Puyallup 2018

Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts