Paddles Up!

“Paddles Up” is the call heard from an estimated 30 to 40 Native Canoes currently “on the water”. These impressive ocean-going canoes, with from 8 to 20 pullers in each, originate from points North, South, West and Northwest, heading for the next village-stops which in succession will add more canoes along each of several routes leading to Cowichan Tribes Territory, B.C. and the big end of Journey events, starting July 28 and concluding August 1st. Also called Paddle to Quw’utsun 2008, these events will be followed by the 2008 North American Indigenous Games, also hosted by Cowichan, which goes August 2 to 10.

CLICK HERE to view the At-A-Glance Calendar of daily canoe stops.  For details of All canoes and their individual routes, and their stops, CLICK HERE


CANOE-INFO has info including how to participate, and first-timers tips. A brief history of the canoe resergence in 1989 and journeys of Native Canoe Journeys of the Pacific NW  since then, protocol insights and much more CLICK HERE.

Please remember to keep good thoughts and prayers going up for the health and safety of all the canoes and support boats, pullers and skippers, ground crews and ground transportaion, coordinators, hosting villages and tribes, and all involved in this year’s Journey!

2008 Paddle to Cowichan – Protocol

Paddle to Cowichan 2008 – The Protocol and other notes:
  • Protocol starts the day the canoes land.
  • Be ready when it is your turn or you will lose you place in protocol.
  • Be respectful to others and cut floor time short to allow for “everyone” to be heard.
  • Be respectful to all canoe families and the HOST please.

 Cowichan will serve one meal a day ~

It was suggested to please bring your own plate, silverware, cup (reuseable!! You wash your own)
There IS a STOP AT Tsartlip
  • Soft landing at Cherry point~
  • Protocol at WestCan Terminal~
  • Canoe storage at Cowichan Bay
It is stated strongly to REGISTAR NOW!!!  so there will be room for everyone and their crews, support boats and canoes.
Stops as known at this time (One day hosting unless stated)

Calendar of Daily Canoe Locations CLICK HERE.

Need your U.S.A. Passport, QUICK? See Info Page – CLICK HERE

Coastal Jam Hosted by Nisqually, Jan 5th

UPDATE: Nisqually Coastal Jam for Saturday, January 5th has been changed to 5:00 pm…. because of the Seahawk playoff game. Dinner at 5:00. CLICK on “Comment” for direct info.


Nisqually Tribal Center address (for Map Quest and GPS users): 4820 She Nah Num Drive SE, Olympia, WA.  Phone: 360-456-5221 (during business hours only).

2008 Paddle to Cowichan, B.C.

2008 Paddle to Cowichan, B.C. will be prior to the 2008 North American Indigenous Games, also hosted by Cowichan. 

Canoes will arrive at Cowichan, B.C. on July 28, 2008.

80 Native canoes from Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska will participate in this year’s Tribal Journeys events.  Protocol will be from July 28 to August 1, 2008.

North American Indigenous Games
Event Date –
August 3 to 10, 2008

Opening Ceremonies with 20,000 anticipated, will include the Parade of Nations with athletes and cultural participants from all over North America. Learn MORE… CLICK HERE.


 Watching canoes land Port Angeles 2005   Canoe landing Port Angeles 2005  Canoe entry Port Angeles 2005 

Photos by Sue Charles/NW Native Media