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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Wednesday, May 23, 2009

Jamestown Canoe Journey Blog 


May 23, 2009: First Canoe Practice for the 2009 Paddle to Suquamish

We met at the John Wayne Marina South Parking Lot at 2 p.m. and got our pfds (personal floatation devices, also known as life jackets) assigned to us. Marlin explained some basics about how we would get the canoe into the water, and which seats wed be assigned for the day based on our size (to keep the canoe balanced) and our strength.

Several of our number have participated on the Journey before, including Josh Holden, Steve Johnson, Candy Burkhardt, Jessica Johnson and of course, our Skipper Marlin Holden. The rest of us, with varying levels of canoe experience, are new to the journey. We were in the new cedar strip canoe, which is significantly lighter in weight than the Laxaynəm, but Marlin wanted us to get a sense of working as a team before we begin to practice in the traditional carved canoe, which weighs about 1000 pounds more than the new (soon to be named) canoe. There are more than 20 people signed up to pull this year, so we will probably take both canoes on the journey.

It was an absolutely gorgeous day in the upper 60s, sunny and with a light breeze that didnt hamper our paddling at all. We paddled for close to 2 hours, practicing synchronizing our strokes, turning, stopping, and pulling alongside a support boat; we even landed, disembarked, reloaded and took off again from the beach.

Its hard work, and requires teamwork and focus. We did well for our first practice, and we all look forward to improving our ability to work as a cohesive team and our sense of family as we practice pulling, singing and drumming over the next two months.

First Day Out, taken by Charlene Dick: Paddling past the marina are from left: Skipper Marlin Holden, Betty Oppenheimer, Unique Robinson, Andrew Sampson, John Bridge, Candy Burkhardt, Jessica Johnson, Irv Mortensen, Steve Johnson (not visible), Jorene Dick and Josh Holden.

Video by Charlene Dick: For their first practice, theyre looking pretty good, says Charlene on this video clip.  (*Note this may take a minute to load)

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