Wish I could make it to Wrangell for this.
By MARK D. MILLER
Twenty people left Douglas early Wednesday afternoon aboard two canoes headed to Wrangell for the rededication of the Chief Shakes Tribal House, an historic clan house that has been undergoing extensive renovations.
The teams of canoers from the Native organization One People Canoe Society loaded up their boats and departed Douglas Harbor in the wind and rain shortly after noon.
The canoers plan to reach Wrangell by next Thursday for the tribal house’s rededication ceremony, which will be held May 4 after two days of activities and events leading up to the daylong celebration.
“There’s people coming from all over,” said Gianna Willard, a canoer from Ketchikan.
Yarrow Vaara, who sits on One People Canoe Society’s board of directors but is not among the people canoeing to Wrangell for the event, said the two teams that left Douglas Wednesday will be accompanied by support craft for the duration of the voyage and will be joined by canoe teams from other communities as well.