Cowlitz Indian Carved Canoe Dedication


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Robert Harju of Toledo, carved a 25-foot-long canoe from a cedar log more than 600 years old, he said it was "an honor and a pleasure." Thursday night a ceremonial blessing for the canoe was held at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum. The dugout canoe will eventually be displayed at the Port of Kalama's yet-to-be-built interpretive center. Until then, it will be on display at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum, where tribal members gathered Thursday to bless the canoe with drumming, songs, dancing, stories and a prayer in the intertribal language.

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