Fourth-graders from Palouse Prairie Charter School in Moscow launched a 22-foot cedar-plank canoe Friday at Chief Timothy Park on the Snake River west of Clarkston. Renee Hill’s students built the canoe at school over the past two months, with guidance from Xander Demetrious and Adam Wicks-Arshack, while they studied American Indian culture. With the help of Nez Perce Tribal members, the canoe, named the “Chinook”, was blessed Friday, then carried by all the students, and set afloat in the Snake River. The new handmade boat was paddled around Silcott Island in a light rain. It will be donated to the Nez Perce Tribe’s Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment group for teaching and regional demonstrations. Tribune/Barry Kough


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