Tribal Journey, Part 1: Paddle to Squaxin • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

Tribal Journey, Part 1: Paddle to Squaxin • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

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What began with the Heiltsuk First Nation's building of a canoe-the first in over 150 years-and paddling it to Vancouver for EXPO '86 has become a movement reviving the ocean-going canoe tradition on the West Coast. In 1993, the Heiltsuk's Qatuwas Festival journey saw 14 canoes paddle to Bella Bella. Enthusiasm has grown and now there are annual tribal journeys in the the Pacific Northwest. In the spirit of "qatuwas" which means "people gathering together," these tribal journeys bring together people of all ages and reconnect them on the water with the traditional ways of their ancestors. The journeys can take several weeks and build fortitude, stamina, identity and self-esteem for participants.

Paddle to Squaxin follows a planning meeting for the 2012 tribal journey for canoe families to gather at Squaxin in extreme southwestern part of the South Salish Sea (Puget Sound, Washington). Jeremiah George of the host Squaxin Nation meets with several canoe families at the Stz'uminus First Nation in Chemainus to plan the event-travel routes, communication systems for safe arrival and Protocol venue for the sharing of traditional culture, dances, speeches and songs. In ancestral times, chiefs sent out invitations to visit. Today's Indigenous canoe families use modern technology for this journey of 97 ocean-going canoes that will converge at Squaxin.

Titles included in this series:

Without Running Water, Part 1 (22 minutes)
Without Running Water, Part 2 (22 minutes)
Kitigan Zibi Waters (22 minutes)
Kahnawake Waters, Part 1 (22 minutes)
Kahnawake Waters, Part 2 (22 minutes)
Tribal Journey, Part 2: Nala Winds (22 minutes)
Tribal Journey, Part 3: Kwumut Lelum (22 minutes)
Tribal Journey, Part 4: Maori Waka, Dugout Canoe and Birch Bark (22 minutes)
Tribal Journey, Part 5: The Village Welcome (22 minutes)
Tribal Journey, Part 6: Landings and Protocol (22 minutes)
Every Year the Salmon Come Back (22 minutes)
Drinking from my Mother's Well (22 minutes)

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