Keeping Tlingit canoeing tradition alive, one group's mission to share culture by the sea

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JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) Hundreds turned out to the downtown Juneau cruise ship terminal for the annual maritime festival Saturday.

But for one group, the day started at a harbor miles away.

With warm weather and blue skies, any excuse to get out on the water would have been good enough.

But the two dozen people who showed up to paddle with the One People Canoe Society have a special mission.

The goal — bring the Tlingit canoeing tradition back to Southeast Alaska, in full force.

"In conjunction with the maritime festival, they're giving us that respect to include us and let everybody else know the original peoples of this land and what we do here and we're still here,"John Garcia, who lives in Juneau said.

The One People Canoe Society also hosts workshops on how to build traditional paddles and offers open invitations to get out on the water at events like the one held Saturday.

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