Tribal Canoe Journey: Paddle to Quinault – Informational Meeting

June 5, 2013 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Antioch University campus, room 201
Free and open to the public
Cindy Updegrave

There will be an informational meeting about BA in Liberal Studies course: ENVC-403: Tribal Canoe Journey: Paddle to Quinault; and volunteer opportunities for Antioch Seattle in general on Wednesday June 5th, 2:30-3:30 in room 201.

The Quinault Indian Nation and the Quinault Canoe Society travelled to Antioch and extended a warm invitation to us to join them as volunteers and guests as they host this year’s Tribal Canoe Journey: “Paddle to Quinault: Honoring our Warriors” during the dates of August 1st-6th, 2013..

This will be the third year that Antioch participates through service in the Tribal Canoe Journeys, and we have established a reputation for showing up, and getting things done! Let’s organize to have an even bigger presence this year. The Quinault have fewer neighbors than some of the recent hosting tribes, and there is a need for up to 600 volunteers a day to stand with them to host up to 15,000 guests a day. Students in the course are invited by Philip Red Eagle to stay in the Canoe Carver Camp with the Canoe Families at the Paddle to Quinault. We attend daily cultural protocol events and volunteer in a variety of capacities.

More information, Route Maps and volunteer information can be found at:

The course is designed around daily service, and towards building a learning community informed by the 10 Rules of the Canoe. Methods include experiential learning focused on the Pacific Northwest, its history, ecosystems, people and issues through cultural immersion. Traditional cultures in this region are based on a gift-economy. Experience this directly: breakfast, dinner and camping facilities will be provided by the Quinault Tribe—as it will be to each of their guests. Gifting is an integral part of the event. We will need to prepare in advance to give gifts to our hosts. Though challenging at times to be part of this large event, it is also a transformative experience that will provide insight into what it means to live here.