Special Spirit Power, War Spirit Power, Thunder Power and Chain Ligtning was unique to the Dungeness people. The S'Klallams would display this power in the manner that they entered a village for a potlatch or gathering.
From the Dance Plaza House Post Carvings - Dale Faulstich, Lead Carver and Designer.
Assistant Carvers: Nathan Gillis and Ed Charles. Volunteer carvers: Harry Burlingone and Don Walsh.
1033 Old Blyn Hwy
Sequim, WA 98382
July 25 1:00
By the time the ferry was 30 minutes into the trip, we were in a fog bank. We saw one canoe being towed by a Zodiac, but we still do not know whether the others (including the Laxaynem) were towed. We found our way to the Songhees First Nation Reserve on Esquimalt Harbor, set up camp (8 tents plus our kitchen) and went to the beach to look for what Marlin had told us to expect – a beach adjacent to a nearby lighthouse, where all of the canoes from 3 different routes would be converging before crossing the harbor to Songhees. With the aid of binoculars, we have now confirmed that the Laxaynem and its crew are safely on that beach.
Within an hour or two, they should be landing here, most likely ready for a nap. It’s exhausting, and I didn’t even pick up a paddle!
July 25 8:00 p.m.
We picked up our pullers and brought them back to camp. By the time they arrived, they had been on the water for about 10 hours, and were exhausted and hungry. It was then we learned that about one mile out of Port Angeles, they hit very rough waters, and all of the canoes were towed to about two miles out of Esquimalt Harbor. It was a rough trip on and off the canoe (the pullers boarded the Whitefeather, crewed by Mark Charles, Julie Edwards and Elaine Grinnell, for the middle part of the journey, with Marlin remaining on board the Laxaynem), which was through 4-to-6-foot swells.
Nikki, who has spent a lot of time on the water reported that the experience of transferring the 8 pullers from the Laxaynem to the Whitefeather was one of the five most terrifying seafaring experiences she’s ever had. They couldn’t tie onto the boat because it was important that they get off the canoe immediately, but had to move their bodies from one craft to the other while the two vehicles moved up and down at different heights, with water spurting up between them. Happily, all arrived safely, though exhausted.
Along the way, though, they passed a pod of orcas, one of which was breeching (jumping out of the water). Marlin said that tour boats filled with people were following the whales (and possibly the Native canoes as well). “We got to see the orcas and didn’t have to pay for a tour,” he said. Several of those engaged in the conversation commented that while they hadn’t paid in money, the day had spent their bodies, and tested their minds and hearts.
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