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Young Squaxin men line up, preparing to conduct the warrior dance at the beginning the Potlatch Protocol. Photo by Laura Grabhorn

Young Squaxin men line up, preparing to conduct the warrior dance at the beginning the Potlatch Protocol. Here they welcome visitors arriving from the Canoe Journey. The aprons worn around their waists are made from pounded cedar bark, and were created by the men in a workshop led by Josh Mason. Each participant learned how to prepare the bark, and then to weave the regalia from it. "What has happened is resurgence in the traditional regalia of the Salish people from this region," said Tina Kuckkahn-Miller, director of the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at Evergreen State College. "As a result of the workshops, they filled the entire dance floor. It was one of the most moving things I witnessed at the Potlatch Protocol. People might not imagine what the impact can be of supporting workshops, but for them it meant really reclaiming an important part of their heritage." Photo by Laura Grabhorn