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, Program Description — July 2016.


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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093