Tribal Journey is a remarkable cultural experience for all who participate. This year the Kw’umut Lelum canoe family set off from the traditional territory of Puyallup Tribe in Washington State to start the 2019 Tribal Journey event, keeping the highway of our ancestors alive.
Joining other canoe families from Coast Salish nations and beyond, they will make a total of five stops at other participating Nations, completing a total 220KM paddle before the final host destination in the traditional territory of Lummi Nation. At each hosting Nation, in cultural traditions of the Coast Salish people, the pullers request permission from the hosts to come ashore. Once ashore the pullers are immersed in cultural activities, each canoe family sharing food, songs, dances, and teachings.
The final landing will be a gathering of thousands of Indigenous people across North America with protocol and celebrations lasting 6 days (July 24-29). For the second year the Kw'umut Lelum canoe family is travelling in a cedar canoe carved by Luke and John Marston with help from our own KL youth. KL’s canoe family is supported in the water and on the road by KL staff, youth mentors, and Elders.
Following the Journey, we will be posting our gallery of photos - but you can get updates on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages!