The Duwamish Longhouse will host runners participating in the Pacific North West Spirit Run this September. They participate in a Spiritual Run because the two practices pre-date the arrival of the Europeans and still play a major role in the daily lives of Indigenous People throughout the continent, Running and Praying.
The Spirit Run will go through as many Indigenous Nations, along the selected route, as possible with the intent of conveying the targeted issue/concern, communicating possible strategies/proven solutions & carrying prayers to resolve the identified issues/concerns.
The run begins September 7, 2019, at the U.S. Canada boarder in Washington and concludes October 14, (Indigenous People’s Day) on Alcatraz Island to coincide with the Annual Sunrise Ceremony. The runners will reach the Duwamish Longhouse on September 13th or 14th.
From the Spirit Run Organizers:
OBJECTIVES: raise the level of awareness of shared issues identified by Indigenous Nations of the Pacific North West, promote on-going dialog and collaboration between Indigenous Nation of the Pacific North West to address shared issues that have a significant impact on them, and share possible strategic approaches and proven solutions in resolving the areas of shared concern.
PURPOSE: reunite Indigenous Nations of the Pacific North West, restore collaborative working relationships of ALL Indigenous Nations of the Pacific North West, and resolve the issues and concerns that have long plagued Indigenous Nations of the Pacific North West.