Richard Walker
Saaduuts Peele, a Haida master carver, instructs Gabriel Port, a Samish Nation descendant, on a finer point of canoe carving on October 23, 2010, at the Center for Wooden Boats in Lake Union, Seattle. Saaduuts is resident carver at the center, and has carved two canoes with the assistance of local students.

Haida Master Carver and Students Restoring Ocean-Going Canoe

Richard Walker


An ocean-going canoe carved in 2004 by Haida master carver Saaduuts Peele and students at Pinehurst K-8 School in Seattle is being restored.

Peele is doing the restoration work at the Center for Wooden Boats on Seattle’s Lake Union, where he is resident carver.

Peele and Pinehurst students carved the 40-foot canoe, Ocean Spirit, in 2003-04 and gifted it to the Native community of Hydaburg, Alaska in a potlatch in April 2004. The canoe was returned to Seattle on June 18 for repairs. Once those repairs are completed, the canoe will be returned to Hydaburg.

Peele attended Pinehurst’s final graduation ceremony on June 18—the school is being torn down to make way for a new school— and told them of the work being done. He presented the school with an eagle feather.

Pinehurst'’ educational program has an emphasis on social justice. That program is being combined with the American Indian Heritage School program—its buildings are being torn down to make way for a new school too—to form Licton Springs K-8. “Licton” is the name of a spring important to the Duwamish people.

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