This is my friend Saaduuts. He is a Haida, originally from Alaska. The canoe he is carving is 32 feet long and 42 inches wide. It’s being carved from a single cedar log that had been in storage for 40 years. The sides need to be steamed again to further widen and straighten them.
This is Saaduuts’ 5th canoe. He is somewhat of a shaman as well as a canoe builder. On the last 4 canoes, he has involved youth groups to complete the work. He sees these as healing projects. Healing between peoples and between people and the earth.
He was waiting for the afternoon group to show up while we talked for awhile about things nautical and spiritual. Before he went back to work, he said goodbye with a Haida blessing and prayer song.
A new purse seine stored in the drying yard at Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle. Depending on the season, the Terminal is home to as many as 600 boats, some up to 250 feet in length. Drift-netters, trollers, trawlers, purse seiners and crabbers can all be seen at the docks.
The Northwestern and the Cornelia Marie from the “Deadliest Catch” are home-ported in Seattle and can sometimes be seen at the Terminal or Pier 91 in the off season. They are in Dutch Harbor now and are starting the Opilio season after finishing with the King crabs in November.
Three purse seiners moored until the next salmon run. We have five species of salmon in northwest waters: Chinook or King, Coho or Silver, Pink, Chum and Sockeye. Some species come back after a year, others after seven years. Those that aren’t caught in sport or commercial fishing die after spawning in the streams in which they were hatched.