By Brian Nordli
After the blessing, the team got in their canoe and shouted “Yaa-ta hey,” a universal Indian greeting, to their friends and family members and everyone else watching from the boat ramp, waiting for the start of the race.
The Its Woot Rivermen racing team is part of the Discovery Exploration organization that from 2003 to 2006 reenacted the Lewis and Clark expedition across America. It is racing in the MR340 for the first time. They are not racing for to fulfill personal goals or enjoy an adventure, however, but are racing to represent the Chinook Indian tribe.