Annual Tribal Canoe Journey Stops At Alki Beach

Jul 20, 2017

Representatives from dozens of Northwest tribes made a stop Wednesday afternoon at West Seattle's Alki Beach as part of an annual canoe journey.

Members of the Muckleshoot Tribe greeted them as each boat asked permission before stepping on the tribe's land.

Muckleshoot Cultural Director Will Bill has been participating in the canoe journey for 14 years. It's a culturally significant event for the tribes, revitalizing a traditional form of travel.

"Really it's engaging what our ancestors did historically," Bill said. "And that's really how we bring the kids out and teach them is looking at what did our ancestors do, how did they travel?"

Crews of one of the canoes lift the vessel onto the Alki Beach Park for the night. Those participating in the event will take off Thursday, July 20, 2017 towards there next stop in Suquamish, Wash. The final stop of the journey will be at Campbell River, B.C. on Aug. 5.
Credit Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

The canoes head across Puget Sound to the Suquamish Tribe on Thursday. Their final destination is Campbell River, British Columbia.

They are expected to arrive by Aug. 5.