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Tribal canoes arrive in Seattle for ceremony

July 18, 2019
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Canoe pullers and volunteers heft a canoe up the beach during a stop on the annual tribal canoe journey through the Salish Sea Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Seattle. About 20 canoes from Northwest Native coastal tribes landed Thursday at Alki Beach on one of several legs of the canoe journey that gathers other canoe families from host tribes as they travel to a final landing, this year near Bellingham, Wash., at the Lummi Nation. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Canoe pullers and volunteers heft a canoe up the beach during a stop on the annual tribal canoe journey through the Salish Sea Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Seattle. About 20 canoes from Northwest Native coastal tribes landed Thursday at Alki Beach on one of several legs of the canoe journey that gathers other canoe families from host tribes as they travel to a final landing, this year near Bellingham, Wash., at the Lummi Nation. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) — More than a dozen tribal canoes arrived at Alki Beach in Seattle as part of an annual Native American celebration.

Members of the Muckleshoot Tribe greeted the boats Thursday afternoon.

Tribes throughout the Northwest gather a team of pullers for the journey. They leave their own shores in canoes and visit other tribal lands as they make their way to the host tribe’s land.

After pulling the canoes onshore, pullers and volunteers hefted each one overhead some 50-yards or more up the beach and above the high tide zone. It takes at least two dozen pullers and volunteers to carry the canoes up the beach. They came in under calm water and sun.

They’ll depart Friday morning, at high tide. The journey ends on Lummi land on July 24, where about 100 canoes are expected.

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