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Tribal canoe teams reach Makah reservation

Neah Bay, Washington (AP) July 2010

More than 80 Native American tribal canoes have arrived at the Makah Indian reservation on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula at the conclusion of an annual tribal canoe journey.

The Peninsula Daily News reports that the July 19 four-hour landing ceremony drew several thousand onlookers. The canoes first anchored to a rope about 50 yards offshore in Neah Bay, then a member of each canoe team asked the Makah for permission to come ashore. The journey culminates this year in a weeklong celebration at the Makah reservation. More than 50 Pacific Northwest tribes and representatives of Canadian First Nations will share songs and dances at Neah Bay High School.

The Makah have made many improvements to the reservation, including a new gym, new access ramps to the beach and an expanded senior citizens deck.

The tribe expects 10,000 people to visit the reservation during the week.




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