Stillaguamish hope canoe will connect them with ancestors

6/30/10

The fire was ready. It was time for the final critical step in the construction of the Stillaguamish Tribe’s first dugout canoe in more than a century. With hooks, they hoisted a red-hot glowing hunk of car engine from the fire pit and lowered it into the water-filled canoe. Stillaguamish Tribal Chairman Shawn Yanity and his friend Jim Knapp, a member of the Snohomish Tribe, stepped back as the water cracked, sizzled, bubbled and boiled.

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