Puyallup Tribe of Indians hosting 2018 Canoe Journey “Power Paddle to Puyallup"

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There are special events at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts on August 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts

With over 100 canoes and over 10,000 people representing coastal tribes from all over the Pacific Northwest expected to participate, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians will be hosting the 2018 Canoe Journey “Power Paddle to Puyallup” from July 28 to August 4.

There are special events at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts on August 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. All are invited to this free family event.

Visitors at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts will experience the Coast Salish traditional culture through artifacts, displays, film, photo, art, and storytelling. Over 300 artifacts will be on display and include model canoes, paddles, and baskets, tools and more.

Exhibits include:

A photo history of the Canoe Journey by Denny Hurtado, Skokomish member and past OPSI Indian Education Director.

Secretary of State’s Legacy Washington exhibit “We’re Still Here: The Survival of Washington Indians.”

Karshner Museum’s own exhibit “From Mt. Tacobet to the Salish Sea: The Culture & Artifacts of Coast Salish Peoples”

In addition, films of past Canoe Journeys and a film “Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Sla-Hal 2015 Tournament” directed by Lyn Dennis, Lummi/Tahltan,B.C., will be shown.

Storytellers will keep audience members entertained with traditional stories and legends. Storytellers include:

Lois Landgrebe, Snohomish, Duwamish, Nez Perce

Gene Tagaban, Tlingit, Cherokee and Filipino

Barbara Lawrence-Piecuch, Suquamish

Tobey Joseph, Apache, Ute

Melvin Blacketer, Nisqually and Puyallup

Activities and learning will include the culture of the canoe, canoe-making, the canoe journey and its importance to Coast Salish tribes today, the traditional methods for cooking, making baskets, cattail mats, art, use of natural resources, food gathering and the tribal importance of protecting the environment and its wildlife.

The Puyallup School District district will provide free round-trip shuttle buses from Chief Leschi Schools to the Karshner Center so visitors at the Canoe Journey, “Power Paddle to Puyallup 2018” will have easy access to the events of the day at the museum. Likewise, visitors to the Karshner Center may use the shuttles for easy transport to the Canoe Journey festivities and protocols at Chief Leschi Schools.

For more information contact: The Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts

309 4th St NE, Puyallup, WA 98372, phone (253) 841-8748.

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You can also visit the "Power Paddle to Puyallup" website which has news, maps, canoe registration and volunteer information at


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