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Lead artist Kurt Poste participates in the warrior dance. Photo by Laura Grabhorn

Lead artist Kurt Poste participates in the warrior dance. The paddle he carries is one of many created in a workshop led by fellow lead artist, John E. Smith. Smith and Squaxin Island elders prepared the paddles by hand-cutting them out of wood and sanding them. Community members customized each paddle by painting unique designs on them. "It’s an interest of the community to have people remember these more traditional art forms that they may not have been exposed to before," said Laura Grabhorn, assistant director of the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at Evergreen State College. Photo by Laura Grabhorn