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Friday, June 11, 2009

Jamestown Canoe Journey Blog 



Another beautiful day to be a puller!

We met 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 practice.

Before we 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, from left:

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 and Audrey


Marlin backed the canoe into the water, and stayed on shore to talk to the media.

We took off quickly from a dock busy with crabbers and many recreational boaters, with (as usual) many people taking our picture as we launched.

Because the canoe was so crowded, Jeff sat in the bow, (Jeff singing) while Paul skippered.

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 a photo.

(Kiss, Jessica, Paul, Heather, Sherry)

We pulled to the Tribal Center.

Then Paul 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!

Next week, 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!

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