FOLLOWUP: When to see up to 100 tribal canoes landing at Alki Beach on Wednesday

(2011 photo by David Hutchinson as canoe families arrived at Alki)

As first reported here last Friday, tribal canoe families from throughout the region are stopping at Alki Beach on Wednesday, during the Paddle to Nisqually journey. It will be the first such stop at Alki since 2012. Today, we have new information about the timeline: The canoes heading here are coming from a west Sound stop hosted by the Suquamish Tribe, whose schedule shows them leaving around 8 am Wednesday. The Alki stop here is hosted by the Muckleshoot Tribe, whose newspaper editor John Loftus shared this information with WSB:

The Muckleshoot Tribe will be hosting the 2016 Canoe Journey at Alki Beach on Wednesday. The various canoe routes from both sides of Vancouver Island, Georgia Strait, and the Olympic Peninsula will converge at Alki and, thus, all of the canoes that will land at the final destination — Nisqually (Olympia) — will also land here.

Eighty to 100 canoes are expected, and Muckleshoot tribal representatives are scheduled to begin welcoming them to come ashore at noon. The tribe will be hosting, honoring, and feeding about 1,000 guests at their reservation between Auburn and Enumclaw afterward. Singing, dancing, and various honoring ceremonies will continue throughout the evening. The canoes will return to Alki Beach and depart for the Puyallup Reservation on Thursday morning. This is also quite a sight to see. All are welcome.

It’ll be happening on the beach, east of the Bathhouse. The canoes’ journey will end Saturday at the south end of Puget Sound, and a weeklong gathering will follow.

9 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: When to see up to 100 tribal canoes landing at Alki Beach on Wednesday"

  • WS resident July 25, 2016 (3:18 pm)

    Is there a time frame for this event?

    • WSB July 25, 2016 (3:19 pm)

      It’s in the story: “Muckleshoot tribal representatives are scheduled to begin welcoming them to come ashore at noon.”

  • Matilda July 25, 2016 (4:35 pm)

    Do you know if Lummi Tribe well be in that canoe stop would love to go and support my niece who’s canoeing in it haven’t heard from my family to know this and thank you so much for posting this 

    • WSB July 25, 2016 (4:57 pm)

      Hi, Matilda. According to some of what came up when I was researching on the web and on social media, Lummi is participating.

  • Stormyrain July 26, 2016 (6:58 am)

    These are goosebump moments! I love to see traditions passed on and brought to the general public as a learning experiences. Beautiful…

  • misty July 26, 2016 (8:45 am)

    @Matilda … yes…. Lummi Youth Canoe Family and West Shore Canoe Family. 

  • Edie Neeson July 27, 2016 (9:50 am)

     The canoes will return to Alki Beach and depart for the Puyallup Reservation on Thursday morning. This is also quite a sight to see. All are welcome.


    Could you please find out what time Thursday morning (tomorrow) the canoes will depart from Alki for Nisqually?

    Thanks

    • WSB July 27, 2016 (9:55 am)

      We will be covering the arrivals this afternoon so anything we find out will be in that story – Tracy

  • clark5080 July 27, 2016 (5:02 pm)

    Yes please what time for departure and also what their route would be? Really want to get some pictures of them in action. Hopefully they will hug the shore on their trip to Nisqually.

    Jim

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