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Canoe blessed, will lead entry into Wrangell


Greg Knight

Ken Neish Hoyt leads a group of Wrangell’s Native community in blessing a canoe that will be used to lead a flotilla of other canoeists from Southeast Alaska arriving for rededication.

The Shtax’ Heen Kwaan canoe group held a blessing ceremony last weekend for a canoe that will lead the dozens of participants from the One People Canoe Society into Wrangell during the Shakes Island rededication on May 2.

The OPCS paddlers began their voyage to Shakes Island on Wednesday, April 24 from a number of communities throughout Southeast, with canoes coming from Yakutat, Juneau, Kake, Petersburg, Sitka, Prince of Wales, Hydaburg and Klawock.

Nearly 50 members of the community were on hand for the April 20 event at Shakes Island.

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