September 12, 2008

Series: Tribal Journeys Photo Essay

Coming next week is a two week series profiling this summers Tribal Journeys 2008 to Cowichan. This was my 3rd Tribal Journey's where I traveled with my northern 'Namgis relatives where-as previous journey's have been with Coast Salish. It marked a huge inspiration point in my life and an epic tale. A friend said it best when he remarked "This has to the most positive thing happening in for our peoples on the Northwest Coast right now."

Tribal Journey's is an annual event where indigenous poples of the Pacific Northwest Coast traveling in their sea-going canoes to a host nation. Along the journey, communities along the way host the traveling canoes and continue in the trip. Sea-going canoes, mostly made in traditional dug-out style, traveling in oceans and sea's. Nations all along the coast bring their stories, languages, traditions, songs, dances and personality as an indigenous cross-culture event takes place. Each stop along the journey, village host the traveling canoes with welcome and food where all paths and routes converge on host territory.

To remember the ways of ancestors, to learn from the teachings of the ocean and canoe, to practice our ancient way of life, we travel by pulling canoe.

This is Tribal Journeys.


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