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Paddlers for cause launch canoes for Kettle Falls


Virginia "Genabug" Redstar bends to steady a dugout canoe about to back away from the dock at Crescent Bay Friday as a collection of canoes and paddlers headed to Kettle Falls. - Scott Hunter photo

Several canoes launched from the Crescent Bay boat launch near the Grand Coulee Dam Friday on an eight-day journey toward Kettle Falls.

The Inchelium Language and Culture Association, in association with River Warriors and the Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT), organized the event for the third year in a row.

A film crew from KSPS was present at the event, which included speakers from these various groups, the singing of a traditional song, and mingling between the paddlers and well-wishers who wanted to see them off.

Many of the paddlers are traveling in traditional dugout cedar canoe...

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