Over 100 family canoes are set to land at the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community on July 25th as participants in the annual Tribal Canoe Journey. The journey is hosted by different communities around the Salish Sea, which stretches from the Puget Sound past Canada's Vancouver Island. Some teams have been paddling since June and their efforts will culminate in a weeklong potlatch. The voyage, inaugurated in 1989, has revitalized intertribal hospitality and allowed for dialogue about common concerns. Canoe journeys of this kind were the principle means of trade and cultural exchange which characterized the rich and water dependent Coast Salish economy. Although primarily a regional event, canoes from as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand are partcipating.
More information on this year's journey is available from the Swinomish here. Each host operates a different web portal for the Journey (next year's host will be Squaxin Island), but a third party blog hosts general information about the events.