The Orcas Island Historical Museum is pleased to announce “Sacred Journeys,” an evening of films and information on tribal canoe trips, featuring Sharon Kinley, director of the Coast Salish Institute at Northwest Indian College, and a screening of the film “Glwa: Resurgence of the oceanic canoe. The event will take place at 3 p.m. at the Sea View Theater on Sunday, November 11. This fundraiser supports both museum capacity building for intercultural events and the upcoming “Sacred Journeys” traveling exhibition on ancient canoe culture and the resurgence of canoeing today.

The film’s website says, “Tribal Canoe Journeys is an annual Aboriginal cultural gathering on the Pacific Northwest. For the past three decades, the gathering has helped the Heiltsuk Nation of Bella Bella, British Columbia, heal intergenerational trauma and revitalize their culture, which nearly disappeared due to colonialism and the residential school system. Since its unofficial beginnings in 1986, the gathering has grown and now involves hundreds of canoes and thousands of participants paddling to different host communities from Alaska to Oregon.

“Glwa: Resurgence of the Ocean-Going Canoe” follows Frank Brown and a group of Heiltsuk youth as they descend the coast of Washington State to honor the invitation of the ancestral groups of the Nisqually Tribe for Tribal Journeys 2016. Over a period of twelve days, the trip helped young people learn and revitalize their songs, dances, stories, language, teachings and other cultural traditions. During the trip, the youth also reconnected with the natural environment and with other coastal Indigenous nations, and began to reverse intergenerational trauma.

Tickets cost $ 25 for non-museum members and $ 20 for members. The price includes aperitifs. Buy tickets at the Historical Museum, at orcasmuseums.org or call 360-376-4849.


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