Tribe holds naming ceremony for ‘Power Paddle to Puyallup’ landing site

More than 100 volunteers spent the day cleaning the shores.

The Tribe held a naming ceremony and “sprucing-up party” Wednesday, June 27, on what will soon be the landing site of a 100-canoe flotilla participating in Canoe Journey 2018 next month.

The new name for the Tribal land at the mouth of the Hylebos along Marine View Drive is now known as “A Place Where You Come to Shore.” (See photo at right for the spelling of the Lushootseed word.)

“It is no longer Ole and Charlie’s,” said Puyallup Tribe Culture Director Connie McCloud. “I am not going to say this again.”

A sign with the new name is being erected on the site just in time for the arrival of canoes from Nations around the coast.

Tribal Council Vice Chairman David Z. Bean said that the renaming of the land is an important way for Tribal members to honor the past and their ties to the land.

“This was always our land,” he said. “But we have reclaimed it.”

He was joined at the event by fellow Council members Sylvia Miller, James Rideout, Annette Bryan and Anna Bean.

“Power Paddle to Puyallup: Honoring our Medicine” runs from July 28 to Aug. 4 and will include an estimated 15,000 members of more than two dozen tribes from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. The landing of the Canoe Journey participants on July 28 then kicks off a weeklong celebration of traditional singing, dancing, storytelling and eating almost around the clock.

More than 100 volunteers spent the day of the naming ceremony cleaning the shores of industrial trash, tires, car parts and debris in preparation of the canoe arrivals. Crews collected more than a ton of trash.

“We have cleaned this four times already,” Canoe Committee Chairman Chester Earl said. “But this is the first deep cleaning. We have people out here from three year olds to 80 year olds, and not just Tribal members, just people who showed up. It’s great.”