The Tribal Canoe Journey is an annual event celebrating the Pacific Northwest Coastal Canoe Cultures in the U. S. and Canada. It is an excellent opportunity to see a wide variety of canoe styles (Some are traditional & authentically made) from Indigenous cultures around the Salish Sea and along the Pacific Coast. Nearly 100 canoes and over 1,000 "pullers" make the challenging journey to a host tribe and celebrate during a week of traditional songs and dancing... the public is welcome to attend, but please follow protocol when attending.
In 2009 the Suquamish Tribe (Coast Salish) hosted the 20th anniversary of the Tribal Canoe Journey in their new "House of Awakened Culture" community building. Food, transportation and camping and other facilities were provided for thousands of guests for a full week of protocol. Over 600 members of the Suquamish community volunteered to help on the event. Each year Suquamish hosts a number of canoes that participate in the journey. Check out the Washington Tribes website washingtontribes.org/ for landing schedules.
Be sure to stop in the new Suquamish Museum and view the 300 year-old canoe and other cultural items on display. suquamishmuseum.org
The 2014 location is Bella Bella, B.C. Canada. The Heiltsuk Nation hosted 20 years ago in 1993. For information on the 2014 Tribal Canoe Journey "Paddle to Bella Bella" go to:
For information on the Tribal Canoe Journey, past and current go to: tribaljourneys.wordpress.com/
For more information on Salish art and culture including how to carve a NW Coast Salish style canoe, go to:
Rough handheld footage by Executive Productions - Seattle