The Kw'umut Lelum canoe family is hard at work preparing for the long paddle this summer. Our pullers and supporters are in “full journey mode” stripping cedar, weaving hats and sewing new shawls for protocol. Our canoe will hit the water just after the May long weekend as we start training for the 245 kilometer journey beginning July 18th that will take us through Malahat Nation, Waldron Island, Lummi, Samish, Swinomish, Tulalip, Suquamish, Muckleshoot, Puyullup and finally to Nisqually in Washington state. Along with the physical training, our canoe family is also making sure we stay safe on the water and we will be participating in a water safety training course with Ridge Wilderness on June 4th.
An introspective moment
Using traditional harvesting techniques to collect bark
Harvested red cedar
Cedar bark is woven into traditional Coast Salish hats