By Brian Soergel
Edmonds Beacon 

Indigenous ceremony, paddle at Waterfront Center


Last updated 2/10/2022 at 9:51am

J. Carlos Valdez, Blue Heron Canoe

Blue Heron Canoe will lead a group from Edmonds to Lummi Island on Aug. 2.

Diana White is looking forward to paddling a canoe. But it won't be a day trip. White, an Edmonds resident and former Edmonds School District board member, will be joining the Blue Heron Canoe, a collective group of students and adults who participate in Indigenous ceremonial journeys.

White's journey will be a test. On Monday, Aug. 2, she will join those paddling from Edmonds to Camano and San Juan islands, finishing the ride at Lummi Island. It's planned to take two weeks.

"My arms are going to look like Popeye's," said White, a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe.

The day before, Aug. 1 from 2-5 p.m., the public is invited to the Edmonds Waterfront Center to "celebrate a joyful return to the healing waters of the Coastal Salish Seas through sharing of prayer, ceremony, story, song and dance with the Blue Heron Canoe family."

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