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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Tuesday, August 4

Jamestown Canoe Journey Blog 



Blog for August 4

Marlin with a contented smile as we arrive in Suquamish.

Landing at Suquamish: There were 84 canoes in this line, which extended on both sides of us.

Now that we’ve landed and had a chance to shower and rest, there is some time to write about a few items of note.

1. Ground Crew: Our Ground Crew, a team of more than a dozen helpers led by Vicki Lowe, has been incredible. They moved camp to Port Townsend, Port Gamble and then Indianola, and kept us fed and aware of the locations of various amenities at each stop. Knowing that our tents and gear would be set up and organized for us makes such a huge difference when disembarking the canoe after a long, tiring day on the water. Thank you ground crew!

Ground Crew stalwarts Gretchen, Vicki, Barb and Michelle

2. Support Boat: Enforcement Officer Andy Axelson and Natural Resource Technician Bob DeLorm did an amazing job of guiding us, letting us tie up for a break, towing us, and generally keeping us safe. They both stayed in good spirits despite some rough waters, and 20 pullers scrambling around on their small boat. Thanks, Andy and Bob!



3. Being a puller: It is a physical and emotional challenge to pull for multiple days running. Each of us is experiencing a different set of aches and pains, and emotional reactions to the day – ranging from elation to anger, fear to joy- yet each of us knows that we must keep on paddling in order to reach our destination. There are lessons both in teamwork and in personal motivation in this journey.

None of us would deny that the four days we pulled together, we experienced some interpersonal tensions as well as some intimate, bonding moments. The challenge is to weather all of these experiences as they come, and focus on the shared goal of reaching each day’s destination with relationships intact.

Marlin has told us several times that there will be some clear lesson for each of us on each journey, and that we should keep our hearts and minds open enough to recognize those lessons when they present themselves. 

Agate Pass

This is the beach where we landed, empty after all of the canoes were brought up onto the grass. In the distance you can see the Agate Pass bridge that connects the Kitsap Peninsula to the north end of Bainbridge Island.


4. The Suquamish Tribe has done an amazing job of orchestrating a huge event in a very small space. Hundreds of volunteers are available to provide maps, information, food and directions. Dozens of bus drivers shuttle us from remote locations (including campgrounds and the vendor area) to the landing area, where the House of Awakened Culture – the Tribe’s new community longhouse – is located.

The House of Awakened Culture is a
beautiful longhouse with carved houseposts in each corner,
and lovely Douglas Fir beams throughout.


The Suquamish made a wonderful decision to be environmentally aware during this journey, providing metal water bottles to every participant, and water stations at all locations to refill empty bottles, to eliminate the massive piles of plastic bottles that have characterized past journeys. In addition, they are using compostable utensils and plates for food service, and rather than providing trash and recycle bins for their meal service, volunteers pick up used plates and take them to a recycling area where they can insure that the food, paper, plastic and metals go into the proper bins. Way to care for the planet, Suquamish!

Lax at Longhouse

E’owitza on the grass above the water

             People wandered through the sea of canoes “parked” on the grass in front of the House of Awakened Culture, looking at the workmanship and artwork unique to each.

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