S'Klallam Foundation

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The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe will be hosting about 40 canoes, as a stop for the canoe journey to Puyallup. The Port Gamble Canoe Family is  planning a healing floatilla ceremony for those who land in Port Gamble this year. Recently, Port Gamble's waters were cleared of pillings and dock debri harmful to the local marine life. This is the first time since the clean-up was completed that canoes will be able to pull up to the shores of Port Gamble city, across Pt. Julia bay from the tribe's location. The city of Port Gamble is a sacred site to many S'Klallalm people. Pulling up to the shores their ancestors once graced is a momentous occasion.

This celebration also marks a spiritual healing, as the tribe has lost three elder skippers in the last few years. This short bay journey, floatilla and softlanding will also signifify healing within the canoe family and within the families who lost their beloved skippers.

The Canoe Family invites anyone who wants to create wreaths for the ceremony to join us in constructing the wreaths, Thursday July 19th, at 12:00 p.m. The wreaths will be laid upon the bows of the canoes landing at Port Gamble bay on July 24th, and will represent their part in the healing ceremony.

All who want to support the tribe in their cultural healing are invited to come. The canoe family and Heronswood Garden will host the wreath making: 

Thursday July 19th; 12 p.m.

Heronswood Garden Shed

7530 NE 288th Street, Kingston, WA 98346.

 

Please come lend your helpful hands and spirit. Thank you!