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A Odyssey from Port
Hardy to Victoria
The inner passage waterway leading to Victoria will test the stamina and endurance of those up to the challenge. There will be some long hard days spent pulling through seemingly endless stretches of water. Those who have made the journey before say that they felt the presence of their ancestors and it helped them find strength to carry on. It is an inner journey as well as a traditional experience, one that culminates in an awakening and celebration.
Joined by the VisionQuest Group and the Northern Canoes, the official 1997 Tribal Journey begins in the coastal community of Gwa'sala-Nakwaxdaxw on Northern Vancouver Island
Tribal Journey - Inner Coast Nations Journey
The Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nations of Vancouver Island's West Coast will be participating in the 1997 Tribal Journey by travelling their traditional waterways down to Victoria. The west coast route presents its own unique challenges as breakers, ocean swells and a rugged coastline will truly test these ocean faring warriors.
Tribal Journey - Nuu-Chah-Nulth Route Schedule
Southern groups from Washington State will be crossing Juan de Fuca Strait to join Tribal Journey in the Songhees Tribal Journeys Village August 2nd.
On August 3rd, all the canoes will leave Songhees to arrive at the Victoria Inner Harbour to be greeted with a Traditional Coast Salish Welcome. This will signal the arrival of the Games.
On August 5th, a group of Canoes will depart Victoria bound for Port Angeles, Wash.
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