Port Townsend: Paddle Journey makes first landing on North Olympic Peninsula

PORT TOWNSEND — More than 175 Northwest tribal members landed on the beach near Point Hudson Monday, carrying a dozen hand-carved cedar and fiberglass canoes ashore where they were welcomed by local tribal members with ceremony and song.

It was the canoeists’ first landing on the Olympic Peninsula, part of a two-week long journey involving a total of 22 tribes that will travel along the northern shore to the Pacific, then down the ocean coast to Tahola on Aug. 10.

The canoes are due to arrive in Jamestown — hosted by the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe — near Sequim today, then move west to Port Angeles’ Hollywood Beach to be greeted by Lower Elwha Klallam representatives on Wednesday.

More canoes from Peninsula tribes and First Nations tribes from Canada are expected to join the two-week Paddle Journey along the way.

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