On July 24, at about 1 p.m., after completing an historic five-day, 60-mile canoe journey, members of the G’ana’k’w canoe family will arrive in Blaine at Telescope Beach along Marine Drive.
They will be the first native canoes in over a century to make Blaine their destination.
Blaine residents Ron Snyder and Cathy Taggett, owners of The Circle of Trees art studio and homestead, and members of the G’ana’k’w canoe family, talk about the upcoming journey to Blaine, and the resurgence in native culture and its relationship to canoe culture in the Northwest at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, at Blaine Library.
Taggett explains more about her history with the G’ana’k’w canoe family.
In the past I have coordinated the annual art tours in Blaine and I helped start the Blaine Gardeners Market. I have taught classes and done presentations on sustainable living, art, gardening and travel.
About four years ago, the family and friends of Saaduuts began participating in the annual tribal canoe journey involving coastal tribes in the Pacific Northwest. The canoe journeys have created a resurgence of culture, some healing from over a century of having a way of life destroyed, and a sense of pride and community among the Northwest tribes. These experiences have bonded our family together.
The journey will leave from Camano Island on July 21 and will be welcomed at Blaine’s Marine Park at Telescope Beach on July 24, with prior overnight stops at Swinomish, Lummi and Sucia islands. On July 25, there will be presentations by Tlingit and Haida dance groups at 1 p.m. at Marine Park in Blaine. The landing and the dance presentations are open to the public.