(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.