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Navy/ Marine Corps Thanked for their assistance in the 2016 Canoe Journey


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.

About 50 Sailors from NBK and Marines from the Marine Force Security Battalion, volunteered to carry the canoes from the landing locations to ensure their safety from the high tides. The 1000 pound canoes require several people to lift and carry them to high ground.

In a ceremony last week Naval Base Kitsap and the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion were thanked for their assistance.

NBK MC Castellonos accepts Blanket

MSFSBN LCol Reed accepts Drum

Canoe Journey Thank You Breakfast