In the summer of 1934, I obtained a seat in the eleven-man Lummi racing canoe, the Lone Eagle. At that time seats were hard to come by and rarely given up, so I was honored to replace a man who had been killed in a logging accident. I assumed his position second from the stern, which placed me directly in front of the skipper. Little did I know that that position would make me the object of particularly clear and dedicated attention. I can still hear the skipper, Bunny Washington, yelling, "Come on Emmett - PULL!"

I loved the Eagle so much that, when I began with the team, I painted an eagle on her bow and repainted her name in larger letters. That canoe meant a great deal to me.

Emmett Oliver, Quinault
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