In early August 2013 members from 100 different native tribes paddled 70 massive dugout-styled canoes from all over the Northwest and British Columbia to arrive at the Quinault Indian Reservation in Washington.
They fought their way through storms, fog, rough water, and some incredible distances. A native tribe from the Palouse region of eastern Washington paddled the length of the Columbia River and up the rugged Pacific coastline to reach the ceremonial landing site.
As soon as they stepped ashore a six-day celebration began. This year’s international gathering brought upward of 12,000 people to join the festivities. They sang and danced and feasted on elk, crab, and salmon all while exchanging gifts.
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