The Salish Sea Native American tribes have a local custom of getting together on a periodic basis to affirm their traditions and culture. The annual expedition, which began more than 25 years ago, involves tribes from the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Canada, which travel to new tribal locations to pick up additional canoes until they all land in their final destination. The event is coordinated to provide a personal journey towards healing and recovery of culture, tradition, and spirituality. During this year’s Canoe Journey 2016 – Paddle to Nisqually, the Suquamish Tribe hosted a 2 day stopover in Suquamish for 60-80 tribal canoes.
In a ceremony last week Naval Base Kitsap and the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion were thanked for their assistance.