Tulalip canoe families, other tribes come together for annual Canoe Journey

The Marysville Globe features a Tulalip canoe family:

The Tulalip Tribes hosted a number of other tribes, who arrived in their canoes on the shores of Tulalip Bay during the late afternoon of July 11, as part of the assembled tribes’ 21st annual canoe journey.

Nine canoe crews, plus one from Tulalip, took part in a formal welcome ceremony on the beach behind the Tulalip Tribes’ longhouse, during which the Tribes invited the rowers ashore in order of which ones had traveled the farthest distances.

Tulalip Tribal member and longtime participant Jason Gobin was not able to take part in the full journey this year, but he helped escort the canoes, as they gathered in one procession into Tulalip Bay, on board the Tulalip Tribal Police’s 40-foot-long marine enforcement vessel.

“You cover about 25-30 miles in a day’s worth of rowing,” said Gobin, as the canoe crews approached the makeshift village of tents and RVs that had sprung up to shelter them during their overnight stay on shore. “That adds up to about 6-10 hours of pulling a day. I’ve done as many as 15 hours, but you get a little loopy after that,” he laughed.

Gobin began taking part in the tribal canoe journeys in 1997 and met his future wife during their 1999 journey together. He’s mentored younger tribal members through practice sessions of a couple of hours each night, one to two times a week, to get them into physical condition for the rigors of rowing, and he’s shook his head as they’ve gotten sunburned after saying they didn’t need sunscreen.

Learn more about the 2010 Tribal Canoe Journey at www.paddletomakah.org.