Sunday, 14 July 2024

Tribes hold annual tule boat races

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Tule boats take to the lake Friday. Photo by Harold LaBonte.



LAKEPORT – Dancing, boat building and a lot of fun took place Thursday and Friday as part of the sixth annual tule boat races held by local tribes.


Sarah Ryan, environmental director of Big Valley Rancheria said that Big Valley/Mission, Robinson, Elem, Scotts Valley, Upper Lake's Habematolel, Grindstone, Pinoleville, Jenner and a combined team from Big Valley and the California Tribal TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Partnerships took part in the three-day event.

 

On Thursday competitors built their boats from tules, a traditional boat-building material amongst country tribes. The day also included tribal dances and ceremonies.


On Friday it was time to launch the boats. Adults and children alike took turns taking the boats on the water, but the day was clearly most enjoyed by the kids in the boats and in the water.


Ryan reported that the winning teams were:


– Girls' race (ages 6-8): First, Robinson; Second, Mission; Third, Pinoleville.


– Boys' race (ages 6-8): First, TANF/Mission; Second, Pinoleville; Third, Robinson.


– Girls race (ages 9-12): First, Mission; Second, TANF/Mission; Third, Robinson.


– Boys' race (ages 9-12): First, TANF/Mission; Second, Elem; Third, Grindstone.


– Girls' race (ages 13-17): First, Mission; Second, Grindstone; Third, TANF/Mission.


– Boys' race (ages 13-17): First, Elem; Second, Mission; Third, Habematolel/Upper Lake.


– Women's race: First, Scotts Valley; Second, Pinoleville; Third, Mission/Big Valley.


– Men's race: First, TANF/Mission; Second, Big Valley/Mission; Third, Grindstone.


– Team Relay race: First, Elem; Second, Robinson; Third, TANF/Mission.


For a full gallery of pictures from the two-day event, go to http://lakeconews.com/component/option,com_wrapper/Itemid,37/.


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Competitors built their boats on Thursday. Photo by Harold LaBonte.

 

 

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The children took to the boats and the water and, with some practice, were ready to race. Photo by Harold LaBonte.

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