Leslie Lincoln presents Native Salish Canoes and Tribal Journeys ~ A History

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Sun, March 18
March 18, 2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

Spend your Sunday with the Seaport and come learn more about the Coastal Native tribes. Our speaker will be sharing a lifetime of knowledge on these people and their culture with special emphasis on one of their main methods of transportation, the canoe.


While you're at the Seaport, you can see our latest exhibit that explores the connection that the Puyallup Tribe has to our area waters as well as see some examples of native canoes in our boat collection.

This speaking event is FREE with paid admission to the Seaport.


Taught by her father at age 8, Leslie learned to sail their tiny homebuilt boat. This love for the connection of vessels on the water has sustained her whole life. At age 20, she circumnavigated Vancouver Island in a 30' wooden ketch and learned about the Native Coastal people. Driven to learn more, she studied under Bill Holm at the University of Washington in Northwest Coast Culture and later received her Master's from the University of British Columbia. While in BC, she commerical fished in Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands).

During these years, she was also active in supporting the efforts to bring back native canoe culture and was in the forefront of the Paddle to Seattle in 1989 along with gathering native oral histories and archival photographs. With encouragement from the Center of Wooden Boats, she learned to take and draw naval architectural line drawings of representative native cedar dugout canoes and then wrote Coast Salish Canoes which still remains a highly sought out work on the subject.

For the last twenty years, she has worked with the US Merchant Marine as a Radio Electronics Officer.