Saturday, June 1 from noon to 4 p.m.
The Washington State Parks Folk and Traditional Arts Program welcomes everyone to the Fifth Annual Canoe Families Celebration at Millersylvania State Park in Olympia.
Hosted by the Chehalis, Nisqually, Puyallup and Skokomish River Road Canoe Families, the celebration runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Deep Lake boat launch area in Millersylvania State Park, 12245 Tilley Road South, Olympia. (Driving directions.)
Throughout the day, visitors can join the Tribes’ canoe families for a ride in wood dugout canoes, share a traditional meal and engage with tribal music, storytelling and crafts. The celebration raises awareness of the rich cultural heritage of the Tribes and honors their deep connections to Washington’s lands and waters. The event is made possible by the participation of the Chehalis Tribe, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the Skokomish Tribal Nation.
The family-friendly event will feature free canoe rides, children’s activities, a salmon and frybread meal for purchase for $10 and free hot dogs and s’mores.
Proceeds from food sales support the canoe families’ participation in the annual tribal canoe journey — where tribes and first nations from the Pacific Northwest travel by canoe to different host communities along the Salish Sea. The 2019 Paddle Journey will be hosted by the Lummi Nation from July 24-28, near Bellingham.