Canoe Journey includes Anacortes

Published July 23, 2019 / by Steve Berentson

The annual “Canoe Journey” this year included a stop at Seafarers’ Memorial Park in downtown Anacortes. Th Journey brings together thousands of Native peoples from around the Pacific Northwest to travel by ocean-going canoes, sharing culture through songs, stories, and dance. The Canoe Journey is described as “a return to healing and unity through culture.” An estimated 100 canoes will leave Fidalgo Bay in the early hours Wednesday on the final leg of the Journey,  hosted by the Lummi Tribe in Whatcom County.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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