our last practice before the journey, and we worked hard.
life jackets were purchased for the crew of the E’ow-itza – very
discussed some of the details of the Jamestown Landing, and of
the journey itself. Friday July 31st will be a busy
day, as the crew of the Laxaynəm takes off at 9 a.m. to meet the
incoming canoes at Dungeness Spit, while the crew of the
E’ow-itza stays on shore for the blessing of the canoe at 1 p.m.
We’ll all meet on the beach between 2 and 4 p.m., welcoming our
guests from afar, and then share a meal, singing and drumming
with them that evening.
Johnson, Andrew Sampson, Kissendrah Johnson and Unique Robinson
guide the E’ow-itza from the trailer into the water.
always gather when we are getting ready to take off and take
photos of us with our Coast Salish canoes and colorful paddles.
practice, Marlin directed us north to the mouth of the bay,
where we got caught in the current and had to turn back. In the
process, we all pulled very hard for 20-30 minutes trying to get
past the tip of Travis Spit. We were all in good spirits, it was
a gorgeous day on the water, and we all understood that even a
tough 3 hour pull in Sequim Bay can’t compare to the workout
we’re going to get on Saturday when we pull 25 miles to Port
left there, we headed into calm waters on the east side of the
Taya Dancel, a puller on the Laxaynəm, can be seen in the
foreground, with the crew of the E’ow-itza in the distance.
weddings took place on the grounds of the Marina while we were
out on the water, and on the way back in, we could see one
couple tying the knot, complete with acoustic guitar music and
lots of guests. As we pulled into the marina, they walked toward
the Dockside Grill Restaurant for their wedding reception.
Paul, Jessica, Betty, Kissendrah, Unique and
Andrew coming back into the dock.
There were two
articles in the local newspapers about us this week:
Peninsula Daily News 7-26-09
Sequim Gazette 7-22-09
There is a lot
of information about the specifics of the landing at Suquamish
on their website at
of paddle making:
Several of us
made paddles this month with Tribal artist/musician Jeff Monson.
The Tribe provided beautiful Alaska Yellow Cedar planks.
A pattern is
drawn on the wood and rough cut with a bandsaw.
A center line is drawn on the wood to guide the carver in evenly
removing wood from both sides of the paddle.
Jeff rough-shapes the paddles using a power planer.
puller works on his or her own paddle, planing and sanding it
until it is a thin, smooth shape that fits the puller’s hand and
are Betty and Irv’s paddles after they
have been planed and sanded.
Many of the
paddles that Jeff has made for Jamestown crew have the seawolf
design on them, but each person who makes his or her own paddle
may choose whatever design they would like to adorn their
paddle. Irv wanted a raven on his paddle, so Betty designed
something and transferred her drawing onto the wood.
Irv’s raven paddle, painted, but not yet finished.
final step is to finish and protect the wood with
several coats of urethane