Special Spirit Power, War Spirit Power, Thunder Power and Chain Lightning 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.

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Saturday, August 1

Jamestown Canoe Journey Blog 


Blog for August 1, 2009 - Jamestown Beach to Port Townsend


We met at Jamestown Beach at 5 a.m. and because the tide was on the way out, we had to carry the canoes 150 yards out to the water through very slippery and deep muck. After several trips, bringing out gear, we left Charlene out there to hold the canoes while we went back for one final check of the beach.









Charlene Dick holding the canoes

It was incredibly foggy, so we waited for the support boat, and followed them for close to 6 hours through deep fog. We couldnít see the shore or Protection Island, but we saw many rhinoceros auklets and murres, and a few seals. Even seeing passing canoes was difficult Ė but we heard the songs of many of them.

One of the weirdest parts of pulling through fog is not having any sense of how far or how fast youíre traveling. We pulled from 6 a.m. until about noon until we finally began to see the sun, and by that time, we were almost to North Beach in Port Townsend. 

The sea was rough around Port Townsend and Point Wilson, but we arrived at Fort Worden to a beach with many people waiting for us, and three canoes had already landed.

                        Landing in Port Townsend

It took many hours for the remaining canoes to come into PT, and many visitors joined the celebration, as the Tribal Chairs from Lower Elwha Klallam, Jamestown SíKlallam and Port Gamble SíKlallam welcomed them, ďas one,Ē in the words of Francis Charles.

Then Port Townsend Mayor Michelle Sandoval read a proclamation welcoming the Canoe Journey to PT, and expressing appreciation for the sharing of the Native cultures with the Port Townsend public.

Three Tribal Chiefs: Jeromy Sullivan, Francis Charles & W. Ron Allen
 with Mayor Michelle Sandoval

Many local volunteers helped the three SíKlallam/Klallam bands make the welcome at PT a wonderful event, with food and drink for all, and lots of good cheer.

Up the hill, our ground crew had made a lovely circle of tents for all of us, and as I write this, they are stir frying what looks like a terrific dinner.

More tomorrow!

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