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Qatuwas

This summer was to discover more of the Central Coast of British Columbia. Highlights were the Gardner Canal with tons of waterfalls and a nice hot spring. Culpepper Lagoon. The Fjiordlands. The Spider Islands and Pruth Bay and its wonderful beach. On the way north we discovered more of the Broughtons. The biggest honor was being invited to the "Qatuwas" at Bella Bella. Over 40 canoes from all over the coast came and celebrated unity of the Native Cultures for over a week. Food was served daily and gifts given as in the Potlatch Style. It was the biggest gathering of Canoe Families since 1993. This celebration at Bella Bella has begun an effort every year for Canoe Journeys to continue in different Native villages. All of our voyages with MOM begin at Lopez Island. Rounding Cape Caution to enter the Central Coast gives us the chance to really hone our skills. It is no small thing to brave the Coast that opens all the way to Japan!