Sailors assist at Canoe Journey

POINT JULIA — Naval Base Kitsap sailors helped carry ashore Native canoes, some weighing over three-quarters of a ton, during a visit to the lands of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, July 24.

The landing was part of the 2016 Canoe Journey/Paddle to Nisqually, an annual gathering of Northwest Coast Native canoe cultures.

This year, indigenous canoes from throughout the Pacific Northwest traveled to the traditional homeland of the Nisqually Tribe, arriving on July 29.

Read more about the 2016 Canoe Journey at