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It’s not a particularly glamorous affair. In fact, seen from a certain perspective, it’s mundane. A canoe, drifting down the river. Crystal Conant steered the craft, fighting a bit to keep the vessel moving in the direction of her will.
No different than a thousand other trips taken down the Spokane River. But zoom out any amount, even 10 feet, and the scene changes. On the bank, 12 others watch and cheer Conant along. Most of whom are Native Americans. They ranged in age from young to old. Step back again, this time historically. Imagine this area, Plese Flats on the Spokane River, as it was 150 or 250 years ago.
No mountain bikes navigating the trees. It’s all different, seen from that perspective. Because the purple canoe, painted in honor of huckleberries, was built using traditional Native American techniques. Over the course of a week, students at the Salish School of Spokane built the canoe using knowledge passed from from generation to generation of Native Americans. The canoe-making process was nearly lost with the destruction and dispersion of Native American families and culture.