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Yachats: New Year’s Hike – The Amanda Trail

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Yachats to Hold 4th Annual New Year’s Day Peace Hike

Start the New Year off on the right foot! Join the Yachats Trails Committee and fellow trekkers for the 4th Annual New Year’s Day Peace Hike to the Amanda Statue south of town. Participants should meet in the Yachats Commons’ kitchen (441 N. Hwy 101, Yachats) at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1st.

This invigorating 6-mile round trip walk will take hikers along the south 804 Trail, across the Yachats Bridge, along Yachats Ocean Road, to the Amanda Trail and the final destination — the Amanda Statue. At the Statue the group will be invited to participate in a wreath ceremony and offer blessings for peace in the New Year. Native American flute playing will be provided by Doc Slyter and Mary Beth Nickels. Hikers will then be invited to walk or shuttle back to the Commons for more camaraderie, refreshments and to collect their commemorative Peace Hike pin. The original artwork for the pin will be on display at the Commons, following the hike, and Tribal Elder and Flutist Doc Slyter of the Confederated Tribes of the Lower Umpqua, Coos and Siuslaw Indians will also have his CD, entitled Amanda, available at the reception

Area artist Pam Stoehsler created the image for this year’s commemorative pin. Ms. Stoehsler is a renowned wildlife artist and lower Umpqua Tribal member. Largely self-taught, Ms. Stoehsler works primarily in watercolor and acrylic, creating a detailed realism that captures the personality of the wildlife she paints. She has won numerous awards including five California and Oregon upland game bird stamps. Ms. Stoehsler was featured on PBS’s Oregon Art Beat and her works of art are featured in galleries throughout the west coast.

In the event of heavy rain or wind, the hike will be shortened and follow an alternate route.
Participants should dress for changeable weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring walking sticks if they have them. The walk from the Commons to the Amanda Statue is approximately. 6 miles round trip, and is on both paved road and narrow dirt trail surfaces with some stairs and moderate inclines.

The Yachats New Year’s Day Peace Hike will be an excellent way to start the New Year, enjoy a lively walk, share good company and experience how the power of community can contribute to peace on earth. For more information contact Lauralee at lsven@peak.org or 541.547.3640.

About the Amanda Trail
The Amanda Trail was completed and dedicated in July 2009. A 25-year endeavor, the Trail has helped reveal the truth about the treatment suffered by the Alsea, Siuslaw, Coos and Lower Umpqua people during their incarceration at the Alsea Sub-agency prison camp from 1859 to 1875. Since the Trail’s dedication, the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI) have become an important part of the Yachats community. CTCLUSI also provided financial aide and skilled labor toward the replacement of the pedestrian bridge along the Amanda Trail. An article co-authored by Joanne Kittel and Suzanne Curtis about the First Nations’ history including the prison camp years can be can be purchased at Mari’s Books in Yachats. Additionally, in November 2011, Tribal historian Don Whereat and Yachats citizens published a compilation of Mr. Whereat’s articles on tribal history and culture to promote greater awareness and understanding. Both the article and the book can be viewed at www.yachats.info.

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