Tribal Canoe Journey Field Study
Students participate in activities associated with the hosting of the Annual Tribal Canoe Journey at Nisqually. Camping facilities and most meals are provided by the host. Learning is focused on the ecology of the Salish Sea, Coast Salish culture, the many and continuing impacts of settlement to the ecosystems and culture, and the Annual Tribal Canoe Journey. This event has grown from a few canoes to over a hundred, and thousands of people participating annually. Tribal Canoe Journey is creating cultural renewal across the region.
The course will begin on campus and provide an interdisciplinary academic framework based on praxis, preparing ourselves to use theory, practice, and reflection as a learning method, before we organize ourselves to travel and camp at the event. Once there, our day will be centered in daily service, and building a learning community informed by the Ten Rules of the Canoe. Our learning methods are experiential and service-based, and dependent on personal and group reflection. Gifting is an integral part of the event; we will prepare in advance to give gifts to our hosts.
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