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Stillaguamish hope canoe will connect them with ancestors


The fire was ready. It was time for the final critical step in the construction of the Stillaguamish Tribe’s first dugout canoe in more than a century. With hooks, they hoisted a red-hot glowing hunk of car engine from the fire pit and lowered it into the water-filled canoe. Stillaguamish Tribal Chairman Shawn Yanity and his friend Jim Knapp, a member of the Snohomish Tribe, stepped back as the water cracked, sizzled, bubbled and boiled.