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The Young Men's Clean And Sober Canoe Project

In a deep green Washington forest was found
A huge cedar log both sturdy and sound. A mill owner claimed it and had the right
To saw it up or sell it on sight To the Young Men's Clean and Sober group-
A Makah Indian canoe-making troop. He chose to help and delivered the prize
Right to Paul's house, despite it's size. That log was five by thirty feet--
To make a canoe would be quite a feat. Then did those boys, determined and proud,
Tried and cold, but still unbowed, Begin to chip, with traditional tools,
And shape a boat according to rules. They built a canoe, like the olden days,
Preserving in culture the grandfather's ways. The inside they painted a pleasing red,
A color that stands for courage 'tis said. Seats and paddles are a neutral hue.

The black outside frames a name that's new. The name's in white and it's T'A T'A K'wIK.
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