42 canoes expected to arrive Friday at Point Julia | Canoe Journey 2012

LITTLE BOSTON — Up to 42 canoes and 1,500 people are expected to converge on Port Gamble S’Klallam Friday for the Canoe Journey, the annual gathering of Northwest Coast Native canoe cultures.

The canoes continue on to Suquamish on Saturday, then head south for other stops en route to the territory of the Squaxin Island Tribe, July 29 to Aug. 5.

Canoe Journey events are open to the public. Here’s the schedule. Times are approximate.

3 p.m.: Canoes begin arriving at Port Gamble S’Klallam’s Point Julia; traditional clambake on the beach.
5 p.m.: Clam bake and dinner at the Tribal Campus in Little Boston.
Evening: Presentations and protocol, Port Gamble S’Klallam longhouse.
Parking is available at the Tribal Campus and at Ravenwood, near the Gliding Eagle Marketplace. Shuttles will be provided.

Morning: Canoes depart for Suquamish; time is tide-dependent.
1-2 p.m.: Canoes land at Jefferson Head for a rest before formal landing at Suquamish.
2 p.m.: Canoes begin arriving at Suquamish Boat Ramp. Welcoming by Suquamish Tribal leaders, elders, and royalty.
5:45 p.m.: Blessing of meal.
6 p.m.: Salmon dinner and clam bake hosted by Suquamish Tribe.
6:15 p.m.: Welcome by Suquamish Chairman Leonard Forsman.
7 p.m.: Protocol begins.

7 a.m.: Breakfast provided by Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort.
2:45 p.m.: Formal welcome by Suquamish Chairman Leonard Forsman.
3 p.m.: Protocol begins.
6 p.m.: Blessing of meal.
6:15 p.m.: Potluck dinner provided by Suquamish Olalla Neighbors and Suquamish Tribe. (Bring a side dish of fruit, salad or vegetables to 7235 NE Parkway St., Suquamish, 4-5:30 p.m.)

7 a.m.: Breakfast provided by Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort.
Canoes leave for Muckleshoot.

— If you’d like to assist at the Canoe Journey events at Port Gamble S’Klallam, call Carol Pagaduan, (360) 204-6263.

— To assist at the Canoe Journey events at Suquamish, visit www.suquamish.nsn. If you plan to bring food, contact Karen Platt at (206) 310-6096,


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