With regard to the accident on the water on Wed. July 26. In deep respect to the families, we make this a day of prayer.
Tribal Journeys 2006 suffers loss on the water.
It is rare, but not unusual for a canoe to tip over, or even break in the rough waters. This is why cold water training and water safety training are manditory for most of the canoe groups who participate in the annual Native Canoe Journeys. But the loss of life in these incidents is unusual.
In the 17 years since the traditional canoe journeys began anew, with the Paddle to Seattle, there has not been a canoe-related death during journeys until now. So, the shock that swept the canoe journey events and the tribal communities is deep.
With many prayers, the journey continues. Canoes plan to paddle from Suquamish, WA to Seattle on Monday July 31st for the official landing ceremonies of over 60 Native canoes. Elders and Chiefs will be on hand to welcome the canoes ashore.
Canoes will be trailored to Muckleshoot for a five-day event.
Excerpt from Peninsula Daily News:
“Joseph Andrew “Jerry” Jack of Gold River, British Columbia, died when the Makah canoe in which he was paddling capsized, spilling him and five others into the 54-degree water west of the Dungeness Spit north of Sequim.
Articles were sent to us by numbers of people. Here are some.
KOMO News reported this: CLICK HERE.
KING 5 Seattle News CLICK HERE,
Daily Olympian, CLICK HERE,
Peninsula Daily News, CLICK HERE,
Chief’s paddle carried to end of Journey, CLICK HERE,
Port Townsend returns canoe to Makah, CLICK HERE,