The City of Tacoma will raise the Puyallup Nation flag at 11 a.m. on July 27 at the Tacoma Municipal Building, in honor of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians’ 2018 Paddle to Puyallup.

“It is a great honor for the City of Tacoma to celebrate and support the 2018 Paddle to Puyallup Canoe Journey,” Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards said in a statement. “This event, hosted by the Puyallup Tribe, provides all of us with a special chance to learn more about the Native Nations visiting from all over the region, the country, and across the globe, and to deepen our understanding of this significant spiritual and cultural tradition.”

The flag raising celebration will take place at Ben Gilbert Park — which sits next to Tacoma Municipal Building North.

The following day, July 28, over 120 canoes will come ashore at 4224 Marine View Drive after making the journey to Puyallup. Then the canoe families will commence in celebrating indigenous culture through August 4. The theme of the 2018 celebration is “Honoring our Medicine.”

The City of Tacoma will work with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians to give a home to the Puyallup Nation flag at the Tacoma City Council Chambers after the festivities conclude.

“We would like to thank the City of Tacoma for their recognition of this sacred journey and celebration,” Puyallup Tribal Council Chairman Bill Sterud said in a statement. “Together, we are honored by the raising of our Nation’s flag and your generous support. We invite the community to join the more than 120 canoe families making their journey to Puyallup Nation homelands in this historic celebration. We gather with fellow tribes during this journey to honor a shared bond, preserve the ways, lands and waters of ancestors.”

To find out more information on the 2018 Paddle to Puyallup, or to volunteer, visit paddletopuyallup.org.