Last week, 7 members of the Ainu community joined Tulalip Tribes in the Paddle to Makah: Tribal Journey 2010. It was the culmination of a year-long exchange between the Ainu Association of Hokkaido and six Washington tribal communities. Below is a selection of images from the canoe landing at Neah Bay and the Ainu's performance during the protocol ceremonies.
Masashi Kawakami stands in the Tulalip Tribes' canoe as they wait to come ashore.
Landing at Neah Bay after a 7-day journey from Suquamish, WA.
The Ainu are called to perform during the protocol ceremony.
Group picture at Neah Bay.
All photos are courtesy Storms PhotoGraphic. View a complete slide show of pictures from the Tribal Journey here: