Canoes cluster on shore toward the end of the Ceremonial Landing. Nearly 10,000 people crowded with us at the high school for the opening dinner and salmon bake, bumping shoulders, jostling, and eating to the sound of prayer songs accompanied by beating drums.
The Tlingit tribe wait to come ashore during the Ceremonial Landing and the commencement of Tribal Journeys. We sat for hours, baking in the sun while droves of exuberant people in lavish regalia requested landfall.
Sarah Finley and other PLU students clear the landing site for canoes on the Ceremonial Landing Beach in Neah Bay. The cool salty wind of the Strait of Juan de Fuca blew through Neah Bay as we hauled rocks and debris into a border for the path. Several days later, 86 canoes filled to the brim with people from various tribes around the Pacific Northwest would be coming ashore.
PLU students bag 2200 sack lunches in preparation for the upcoming arrival of 86 canoes and the support crews accompanying them.
Native American youths clean and ready a canoe for racing in the morning about halfway through Tribal Journeys. A variety of activities took place, the most prominent being the Protocol, or the traditional dancing and singing of all of the tribes under a massive tent by Neah Bay High School. The festivities lasted the entire week.
Students take a break from bagging sack lunches on the floor of the Community Center. Images of the Thunderbird, Lightning Serpents, and whale can be seen below the students.
The Makah march into the Protocol tent for their presentation of songs and dances. The Makah are renowned for their wealth of cultural material and presented songs for six full hours, followed directly by a gift giving ceremony that lasted another six. PLU students lasted almost until the end of the ceremony, but called it a night at 4:30 a.m.
Professor Dave Huelsbeck and his students pose for a group photo in front of Tatoosh Island after a short hike. Theodore Charles is the first on the left in the front, in blue.