Our participation in the 2019 Tribal Canoe Journeys in Washington State USA was focused on building on top of the results achieved in our exchanges from the previous two years, hoping to take the inter-tribal relationships to the next level, and to ensure sustainable exchanges and activities for the future.
|Johan (far left) with Hanford (center) and the Hawaiian delegation.|
This year, we had more quality time with Hanford. During an interview, he shared why he chose to reach out to tribes from around the world to join his Canoe Family. He also shared his desire to bring a delegation of Nisqually in 2020. We are organizing this trip to introduce them to indigenous tribes of Taiwan and to join the Tao Tribe for a reciprocal cultural exchange.
|Directors Chad Yen, Gary Smoke and Kate joined us at Final Protocol in Lummi.|
|Nisqually Youth participate in Final Protocol in Lummi.|
During our 2019 journey, we also met with leaders from the Native American leaders in Puyallup, Muckleshoot, Squaxin, Lummi in Washington State. We also met leaders from a few tribes in Oregon, California and Canada. Our discussions about possible Sister Village relationship with tribes in Taiwan were met with positive interest. Some of the leaders also discussed interest in economic cooperation to bring sustainable industries and job for their communities.
|A Hawaiian delegation performs at Final Protocol in Lummi.|
|Meeting a canoe family from the Bay area of California in Lummi.|
|Final Protocol in Lummi lasted 5 days and went 24/7 to showcase the culture of every participating tribe.|
|More supporters and team members joined us in Lummi on July 27, 2019.|