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Paddle to Swinomish 2011

July 28, 2011

Last Sunday, hundreds of people and dozens of dugout canoes converged on Cama Beach State Park for a break during the 2011 Paddle to Swinomish. An article in the New York Times noted the following:

“For the 23rd summer in a row, a growing number of American Indians from tribes scattered across coastal regions of Washington State and British Columbia have climbed into traditionally designed cedar canoes and paddled as many as 40 miles a day, sometimes more, over two or three weeks, camping at a series of reservations until they converge at the home of a host tribe. There, several thousand people welcome them for a week of traditional dancing, singing and celebration.”

Tribes from all over Puget Sound and the Northwest paddled this past weekend, many of which stopped over at Cama Beach, and more than 100 canoes will gather in Swinomish this week.

The event on Sunday at Cama Beach was a huge success, and CWB’s dugout canoe, Steve Philipp, was taken up to Cama Beach for the event.

See more photos on our Facebook page.

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