Denny Hurtado has a connection to tribal people for 50 years. For 17 years he was the Chairman to the Skokomish tribe, and as Director of the Office of Native Education. In addition to his artistic talents, he was also a commercial fisherman for 20 years. Hurtado says “The cultural revitalization of our Nations is tremendous. Tribal Nations, and Indigenous People throughout the world are reclaiming what rightfully belongs to them, including their traditional lands, history, culture, traditions and language. The ‘Canoe Journey’ is one of these events in the Northwest and gives much pride and meaning to our people.” He began taking pictures of the journey at Quinault in 2002, and the experience of the event was so awesome that he needed to document them. Since then, Denny Hurtado has taken pictures of all the canoe journeys in the United States. The purpose of this event is to be able to share his 45 years worth of photos.