Canoe Way: The Sacred Journey' vividly documents the annual Tribal Journeys canoe paddle. Each year, thousands of Native Americans from Pacific Northwest Coast Nations paddle hundreds of miles in traditional cedar canoes following their ancestral pathways. Families and youth reconnect with the past and each other. Ancient songs, dances, regalia, ceremonies, and language were almost lost are coming back.Witness first hand, through the words and images of a proud people, as they share the story of the resurgence of the cedar canoe societies â€" and how it has opened a spiritual path of healing through tradition.Canoe Way was filmed in high-definition over the last three summers by independent media producers Mark Celletti and Robert Satiacum. In 2003, they formed Cedar Media, a company dedicated to giving a voice to Native Americans. Celletti and Satiacum have participated in Tribal Journeys for 12 years. They built the independent news web site: PuyallupTribalNews.com, which has made a positive impact on tribal politics. They also produced NativeElders.org (video interviews with native elders), NativeArtists.org, and most recently: CanoeWay.org. Director/Editor/Videographer Mark Celletti is Tacoma born of Italian/Norwegian descent. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Pepperdine University, and has worked in digital design and multimedia since 1987. In 1997, Celletti was invited to participate in the Full Circle Paddle and the sweatlodge. Celletti's life has changed dramatically since then as he regularly participates in paddles and sweats and has broad circle of friends in the local native community.
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