In 1996, the crew of the first Gabrieleno/Tongva ti’aat (canoe) in over two hundred years navigated Moomat Ahiko along the coast of Catalina Island, where she was greeted by her descendants and the generous community of Avalon. This event unveiled the revival of a maritime tradition that was considered to be extinct. The journey to this moment is a story is one of how dreams become prophetic in the present. The island somehow becomes the ‘lieux de memoire’ a place of memory in which cultural transformation come alive, and the ti’aat a vessel that contains lessons and knowledge for all citizens of our ocean. This presentation will present the history of the sewn plank canoe and how a ti’aat returned to the people – just in time!