Canoe journey stops at Birch Bay State Park

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Paddlers from tribes around the region stopped at Birch Bay State Park on July 19, on their way to Olympia. Photo by Wayne Diaz.

Photos by Oliver Lazenby and Wayne Diaz

Paddlers from tribes around the region embarked on a canoe journey to Budd Inlet and Olympia this week and three boats stopped over at Birch Bay State Park on July 19 for a gathering and feast hosted by The Nooksack canoe family.

The gathering included first nations people from Bella Bella, B.C., and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in New York.

More than 100 canoes from as far away as Alaska are scheduled to arrive at the Swantown Marina in Olympia on July 30 for a week-long gathering hosted by the Nisqually tribe.

The annual event is hosted by a different tribe each year.

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