beautiful day to be a puller!
Marlin (who was pulling the Laxaynəm) and Paul (who was pulling
the E-ow-itsa, the new name of our canoe, which means Little
Sister) at the marina and discovered that we didn’t have enough
pullers to fill two canoes. So we decided to squeeze 13 of us
into the E’ow-itsa – 11 pulling, one singing and drumming, and
rotating out one puller so everyone would have a chance to
left, we got some snapshots of ourselves posing for the camera,
for Canoe Coordinator Vickie Carroll, and for Diane Urbani de la
Paz of the Peninsula Daily News.
Here we are,
Paul, Jeff, Steve, Betty, Irv, Charlene, Josh, Marlin, Sherry,
Andrew, Jessica, Unique, Heather and Kissendrah. Not
present are: Andrea, Caleb, Marie, Nikki, Taya, Jorene, Candy
backed the canoe into the water, and stayed on shore to talk to
We took off
quickly from a dock busy with crabbers and many recreational
boaters, with (as usual) many people taking our picture as we
canoe was so crowded, Jeff sat in the bow, (Jeff singing) while
With Jeff drumming, we had a beat to paddle to, and we practiced
our singing and our S’Klallam language skills. We also practiced
the rhythmic pattern of taking three strokes followed by tapping
our paddles on the side of the canoe for the fourth beat – this
keeps us in sync! And when we passed a pleasure boat whose
mistress wanted to take our picture, Jeff taught us to chant
“Jamestown, whoo, whoo, whoo,” and then raise our paddles up for
(Kiss, Jessica, Paul, Heather, Sherry)
We pulled to
the Tribal Center.
switched places with Heather, who is a “skipper in training.”
She took the helm, which put her in charge of steering us. She
practiced keeping us in a straight line, as well as her left and
right turns. We paddled in circles and figure eights at the
south end of Sequim Bay, singing, laughing and enjoying the
beautiful day while going no wherein particular.
You can see how
much fun Unique is having!
we’ll meet at Heron Hall for singing, lunch and a canoe meeting.
July 25 will be our last practice, and the following weekend,
the journey will begin!