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Origins of the Tribal Journey with Philip Red Eagle

November 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

What we know today as the Tribal Journey had its beginnings in the mid-80s and has more recently become more visible to the average Puget Sounder, mostly due to the noticeable size of the annual event! The Journey has grown from 50 people and a few canoes in the 90s to around 10,000 participants and over 120 canoes in the last few years.

Philip Red Eagle will present more than 100 images in a slideshow to explore the early beginnings of the “canoe movement” and its growth over the last 30 years. We will see some of those who began the process in the 1980s and watch as it began to bring more young people and more tribes into the growth process, and obvious presence, of this cultural movement.

This event is in conjunction with the Tacoma Public Library’s Tacoma Reads 2019 program series. Tacoma Reads is a local community reading program that seeks to unite the community in dialogue around contemporary themes through reading a common text. The 2019 Tacoma Reads selection is the bestselling debut novel “There There” by Tommy Orange. Described as “groundbreaking, extraordinary” by The New York Times, “There There” is a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story of 12 urban Native Americans traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, interconnected in ways they may not yet realize.


November 13
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Tacoma Public Library
215 South 56th Street
Tacoma, WA 98408 US
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