The Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain are preparing to join up to 100 canoes next week for the “Paddle to Quinault”.
The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is working the Quinault Indian Nation to participate in the event July 26 to August 1. The tall ships will escort the ocean-going canoes from First Nations communities in Washington and British Columbia as they travel along the coast from Neah Bay to Taholah.
“2013 marks the 225th anniversary of the first contact between the newly independent United States and the rich coastal cultures of the Pacific Northwest.” said Les Bolton, Historical Seaport executive director, “We want to encourage all people to consider where we began, where we are today, and give thought to the world we want our descendants, seven generations from now to inherit.”
The Paddle to Quinault traces its roots to 1989, when Emmet Oliver, a Quinault tribal elder, organized a canoe journey as part of the Washington State Centennial. The journey from coastal villages in Washington and Canada to Seattle started the annual event. Quinault nation last hosted the journey in 2002.
Representatives from the Quinault Indian Nation will be discussing Paddle to Quinault tomorrow at the Greater Grays Harbor Business Forum. The forum will be held from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Grays Harbor Country Club in Central Park.
For details, visit http://www.paddletoquinault.org/.