TULALIP — As many as a dozen or more hand-carved canoes are expected to land Friday at the Tulalip Indian Reservation.
The canoes are scheduled to rest for two days before setting out for the Port Madison Indian Reservation, where the Suquamish Tribe plans to host the annual Canoe Journey potlach.
This year’s Canoe Journey marks the 20th anniversary of the modern inter-tribal event.
Since 1989, hundreds of American Indians have pulled and paddled traditional canoes from as far north as Bella Coola in British Columbia and as far south as Tillamook, Ore., to meet in celebration of ancient tribal ways.
The stop at Tulalip Bay is one of a series of resting points for the paddlers, who are known as canoe families. Canoes from Tulalip will join the fleet when the group leaves Sunday.
This year, canoes set out on July 19, traveling from Vancouver Island and points north.
The canoes are scheduled to arrive at the Port Madison reservation by Aug. 3, where a six-day celebration is scheduled.
For more information on the canoe journey, go to www.tribaljourneys2009.com.
Krista J. Kapralos: 425-339-3422, email@example.com.