Canoes arrive today in Swinomish

Gov. Gregoire paddles in the Salmon Dancer alongside Chairman Brian Cladoosby, left, and his father Mike Cladoosby.

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire arrived on the shores of the Swinomish reservation today on the canoe Salmon Dancer with Swinomish Chairman Brian Cladoosby. Salmon Dancer was one of more than 100 canoes participating in the Tribal Canoe Journey.

View more photos of the landing on NWIFC’s Flickr feed.

Read more about the Canoe Journey and see photos of the landing last week at Port Gamble in the New York Times:

For the 23rd summer in a row, a growing number of American Indians from tribes scattered across coastal regions of Washington State and British Columbia have climbed into traditionally designed cedar canoes and paddled as many as 40 miles a day, sometimes more, over two or three weeks, camping at a series of reservations until they converge at the home of a host tribe. There, several thousand people welcome them for a week of traditional dancing, singing and celebration.

For more information, visit the Paddle to Swinomish website.