Canoe Journey 101: Leqáliqen Tl’áneq

DEMING LIBRARY: Thursday, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

EVERSON LIBRARY: Saturday, Nov. 18, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Leqáliqen: Travel by water; Tl’áneq: potlatch. Ever since the Paddle to Seattle in 1989, organized by the late Indigenous Leader Emmet Oliver (Dec. 2, 1913-Mar. 7, 2016), the annual Tribal Canoe Journey has gained more momentum every year. In July and August 2023, more than 120 canoes from Indigenous cultures along the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska, and other canoe cultures from Hawaii, Aotearoa and South Dakota, gathered at the Muckleshoot Indigenous Nation to celebrate and share cultures. We will hear a presentation by WCLS Nooksack Cultural Liaison Joshua Olsen about this annual event and how this endeavor impacts the lives of so many people.