TV: “Nisqually Canoe Journey”

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s TV program for July 2016 explores a powerful regional tradition organized by our region’s Native American and First Nation tribes.

In the saltwater areas and shorelines throughout Western Washington and SW British Columbia, special sum-mertime events have been happening since 1993 – after an earlier “Paddle to Seattle” in 1989. Tribal members paddle traditional dugout canoes from throughout our region and converge at the location of a different tribal host each year.

Two guests – Hanford McCloud and Jeff Choke – help us explore the 2016 Canoe Journey, the “Paddle to Nisqually.” Both guests are enrolled members of the Nisqually Tribe, and both have first-hand experience with this project. Their interview was warmly personal, besides being informative.

• Hanford McCloud is a member of the Nisqually Tribal Council, has 15 years of experience with this se-ries of annual canoe journeys, and is active with the Leschi Heritage Foundation.

• Jeff Choke is newer to this canoe journey experience, but he is doing a lot of work to make the 2016 event a success, including feeding the participants and guests.

To watch the 1-hour interview, CLICK HERE.

To read a thorough summary of what we said during the program, CLICK HERE.