Port Townsend: First Peninsula visit of Paddle Journey on Monday

PORT TOWNSEND — For the Makah, it will be a return to the shore on which their canoes traditionally landed for hundreds of years.

For the young pullers of the canoes — some with drug and alcohol problems — it will be a chance to learn life lessons from their elders.

For tribal members onshore in Port Townsend, it will be a homecoming full of drumming, storytelling and dancing.

More than 20 canoes and about 400 American Indians plan to stop on the beach near Point Hudson sometime around noon Monday.

It’s part of a three-week journey that started with tribes coming as far away as Alaska and ends in Tahola on the Peninsula’s Pacific coast Aug. 7.

The Paddle Journey will straddle the North Olympic Peninsula’s northern and western coastlines along the way.

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