Monthly Archives: July 2012

Paddle to Squaxin 2012 in Olympia, July 29th,2012

The History of Tribal Journeys
Tribal Journeys began in 1989, intending to coincide with the centennial celebration for Washington State. A total of nine canoes participated in the ‘Paddle to Seattle’, and in 1993, 23 canoes participated in the ‘Paddle to Bella Bella’. Since 1993, ‘Tribal Journeys’ or ‘The Paddle’ has been held on an annual basis, with various tribes serving as the host tribe.

Past Tribal Journeys

1989 – Paddle to Seattle
1993 – Paddle to Bella Bella, B.C.
1994 – Youth Paddle (Olympia)
1995/1996 – Full Circle Youth Paddle (Puget Sound)
1997 – Paddle to La Push, WA
1998 – Paddle to Puyallup, WA
1999 – Paddle to Ahousaht, B.C.
2000 – Paddle to Songees, B.C. and Pendleton, OR
2001 – Paddle to Squamish, B.C.
2002 – Paddle to Quinault at Taholah
2003 – Paddle to Tulalip, WA
2004 – Paddle to Chemanius, B.C.
2005 – Paddle to Elwha
2006 – Paddle to Muckleshoot
2007 – Paddle to Lummi
2008 – Paddle to Cowichan
2009 – Paddle to Suquamish
2010 – Paddle to Makah
2011 – Paddle to Swinomish

Upcoming Hosts
2012 – Squaxin Island
2013 – Quinault

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* Please visit the maps section for directions to the Landing, directions to the Potlatch Protocol that follows.  Expect canoes to arrive around 1:00 p.m. (depending on weather and tides).

PBS NewsHour features Swinomish Climate Change Initiative and Billy Frank Jr.

Program: PBS NewsHour

Episode: Northwest Salmon People Face a Future Without Fish

For Northwest tribes, salmon fishing is more than a food source, it’s a way of life. Now the climate may push the fish towards extinction. Together with KCTS9 and EarthFix, NewsHour visited the Swinomish Indian reservation to see how they are coping.

Join us as we visit with Barney Bush and Kris Barney this July 22, 2012, at 4pm.

Join us as we visit with Barney Bush and Kris Barney this July 22, 2012, at 4pm.

Before returning full time to his Ohio River homelands, poet/education- activist/patriot Barney Bush wrote about his homelands and the destruction of water, sky, land, forests , animals, people and became published and translated internationally. He has taught in numerous colleges and universities in the U.S. and has a B.A. in Humanities from Ft. Lewis College, Durango Colorado, a Masters of Arts in English and Fine Arts from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, and sixty five hours beyond the masters. He has also taught writing and English logic classes in Native American schools all over North America including Alaska and Hawaii. He has been a guest speaker in universities of western Europe as well as North and Central America.

Bush has also served as a writer-in- residence for numerous arts councils including those in New York, North Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Vermont and more. From 1989 through 2005 he was on contract with nato Records in Paris, France, where he recorded numerous musical and spoken poetry albums. All lyrics were written by Bush, and music was composed by Tony Hymas, English composer and recording artist, who employed the use of Native American music and performers throughout the albums. One of their early albums, (Left for Dead), was admitted to the list of the “Greatest Experimental Hits in the History of Music.”

Bush is also the first indigenous poet admitted to the Society of Artists, Composers and Editors of Music (SACEM), Paris, France.Shawnee poet, Barney Bush, was inspired to react to the losing of his homelands. During the sixties he became involved with the American Indian Movement which was just forming in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During this time, he became involved in protests over the lack of understanding about Native people in their own homelands. He was an organizer, among many, of several schools throughout Indian country and helped, in 1970, create the first Native American Studies programs for colleges, high schools and grade schools in the United States. Bush came to see that the only way to save and promote the growth of homelands and culture was through organizing and truly learning the culture of colonial America. He believes that Native peoples’ owning and sharing their own businesses and schools is a primary factor in purchasing back our homelands for future generations.

about Kris:
Kris Barney ” Dine’ Poet & traditional farmer from Tse’ Chi’zhi'”

Ya’a’teeh. Shi ei Kristopher Barney yinishye’. Honaghaanii Nishli’, Tlashchi’i’ Bashishchiin, Tachiinii Da Shi Che’, Todiko’zhi doo Kiisani Dine’e’ Da Shi Nali’. Tse’ Chi’zhi’ dęę

There is no compromise. I’ve lived all my life with one of the worlds biggest and ugliest coal stripmines in my back yard, i am the descendant of medicine people and warriors. My ancestors never went on the Long Walk to Hweeldi’, I am a survivor and hold the medicine of freedom, words, emotions that draw their power, strength, beauty and purpose from the first wind, breath of creation.

I am a Honaghaanii man and Nashdoistoh is my protector

A Visit with Ray Ward of the Chumash Nation

We will be visiting about the Chumash returning with the Tomol to Salish Country. Very excited to have this visit with Brother Ray!!

Ray Ward is a captain of the ‘Elye’wun and the Chair of the Chumash Maritime Association. Ray, and other members of the Chumash community, created a beautifully tiled artwork at the village of Syuxtun (West Beach) in Santa Barbara. The Syuxtun Story Circle won the Santa Barbara Beautiful Award for Public Art in 2010. Ray is currently heading the building of the BCC’s community tomol. Our newest tomol is nearly built and is expected to do her first voyage this Spring 2012.

Click to visit the Chumash Maritime Association

Indigenous Peoples Cultural Leader Philip H. Red Eagle on KAOS 89.3. FM- “Make No Bones About It.” July 8TH, 2012 at 5PM

Philip H. Red Eagle is of Salish and Dakota ancestry and was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He is a published writer, canoe carver, publisher, editor, arts critic, educator, storyteller, museum curator, art gallery curator and cultural activist.

Mr. Red Eagle is one of the founders of the “Canoe Movement,” which has grown from a few canoes and fifty people in the early 1990s to over 100 canoes and over 6,000 people, annually. The success of this movement, which has come to be called Tribal Journeys, is evident not just in its rapid growth, but also in its effectiveness as a method of cultural renewal among the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Red Eagle has performed the canoe journey’s Copper Ring Ceremony since 1995 and makes each ring by hand. The current count is 4,500 rings given in this contract ceremony, which calls for no alcohol, no drugs, no violence and no sex during the journey. The ceremony has proven to be one of the successful elements of teaching the Canoe Way of Knowledge. The ceremony inspires both the young and old to make changes in their lives and to commit to year-round sobriety and nonviolence.

The second edition of Mr. Red Eagle’s novel, Red Earth: A Vietnam Warrior’s Journey, was published in 2007. Red Earth is written in an American style of writing called Mythical Realism. The book contains two novellas dealing primarily with the Vietnam War, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) and the difficulties of coming home from war. Mr. Red Eagle served in the Navy from 1967 to 1976, where he attained the rank of Petty Officer First Class as a Machinists Mate (E-6). He served onboard two destroyers on two separate West-Pac deployments to Vietnam. His service included eighteen months In-Country Vietnam up the Nha Be River as a riverboat mechanic (1970-71).

Mr. Red Eagle has two bachelor degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle: a BFA in Metal Design from the School of Art (1983) and a BA in Editorial Journalism from the School of Journalism (1987).

Mr. Red Eagle’s presentation is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. Mr. Red Eagle’s book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay at

Please join us for a screening of “Canoe Way: the Sacred Journey” with a discussion afterward with Philip Red Eagle (Dakota/Salish), founding member of the Northwest Canoe Movement. Monday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. in the Native American Resource Center.

A description of the film from its website ( explains that: “‘Canoe Way: The Sacred Journey’ documents the annual Tribal Journeys of Pacific Northwest Coast Salish people. Indigenous tribes and First Nations from Oregon, Washington, Canada, and Alaska follow their ancestral pathways through the waters of Puget Sound, Inside Passage and the Northwest Coast. Families and youth reconnect with the past and each other. Ancient songs, dances, regalia, ceremonies, and language were almost lost and are coming back. Witness first hand, through the words and images of a proud people, as they share the story of the resurgence of the cedar canoe societies – and how it has opened a spiritual path of healing through tradition.”

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Chief Phil Lane Jr – International Indigenous Leadership Gathering 2012

The Fulfillment of Indigenous Prophecies, Alberta Tar Sands, Rio+20, Unceded Territory, Broken Treaties,International Legal Order, Canadian Legal Order, International Legal Order and the upcoming “Avatar Moment” For more info, visit