‘Tribal Journeys’ changes lives in various waysJuly 22nd, 2012 by cdunagan
Many things have been written through the years about Tribal Journeys, an annual event that rekindles a feeling of humanity among tribal members and between tribes. The event stirs an awareness of cultural and spiritual connections for those who participate.
Tribal Journeys includes many personal stories. In an article in today’s Kitsap Sun, reporter Tad Sooter helps us understand the profound effect the journey has had one individual.
Tad’s story is about Erica Hankin, a 28-year-old member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe who had been in and out of drug court trying to find a new direction for her life.
Barbara Jones, prevention coordinator for her tribe, was quoted as saying:
“You can’t take something away without taking something back. What I’ve seen with the canoe journey is that void is filled, and they’re finding themselves.”
Tad’s story, which describes Erica’s personal struggle, helps us understand how Tribal Journeys can make a real difference to a degree I have never read before.
Other stories about Canoe Journeys I’ve found revealing, along with slide shows and a descriptive video, below right, that was produced during the journey to Suquamish in 2009.
July 21, 2012: “Paddling on a journey of healing.”
July 20, 2012: “Seafood bash awaits tribal canoeists at first stop,” accompanied by slide show.
July 13, 2010: “S’Klallams Play Host as Paddlers Take a Break from Their Journey,” accompanied by slide show.
Aug. 3, 2009:
“Suquamish Welcome Thousands Ashore After a Long Journey,”
For more background on Tribal Journeys, recounting history and providing information for people inside and outside the event, visit the Tribal Journeys Blog.