(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
An unannounced Alki visit for Mayor Mike McGinn this afternoon on Alki Beach, as the tribal canoes participating in Paddle to Squaxin continued to arrive (our first report is here). He joined tribal leaders on the beach. (The mayor is scheduled to be back on Alki this Wednesday afternoon, to talk with Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Paulsen about summer “hot spots.”) WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams was at the beach to continue covering the arrivals, as even more canoes continued to land:
Each one was hoisted and carried up to the beach:
That meant one more job for the crews who had spent hours paddling from points north:
The canoes are from all over the region. The OS-Chuck-A-Bick canoe family is from the Quileute Nation, based at LaPush on the northwestern Washington seacoast:
Some brought smaller canoes, some larger:
But all were large in spirit and unity:
There are gatherings and celebrations tonight, hosted by the Muckleshoot Tribe, while the canoes remain, guarded, on Alki. This map shows where the participants have come from, and when they left; some from British Columbia have been on the journey for more than a month. The multi-tribe canoe journey is a relatively new tradition, started in 1989 as the “Paddle to Seattle,” with Alki the final destination that year; this year it is a stop along the way to the potlatch hosted by the Squaxin Island Tribe (who no longer live on their namesake island, but will first welcome the arrivals on the shore in Olympia).