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Vernon Doucette is putting the finishing touches on Qajaq Journal Volume 5, which will be mailed to all Qajaq USA members in 2015. More details to be released soon. The Journal is a perk of Qajaq USA members, please join Qajaq USA or renew, to receive this fascinating publication.


Tom Milani, Helen Wilson 09and the MASIK newsletter team has created another great issue! The MASIK is Qajaq USA's online newsletter.
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Membership and Board Transitions

Terry O'Malley is the President of Qajaq USA, having succeded Ed Zachowski. Many thanks to Ed for his service, and please welcome Terry as our new President!
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Check out the Qajaq USA Facebook Page!

Tracy Coon and Helen Wilson are doing a great job putting the world of Qajaq USA on Facebook. Facebook complements both our forum and website. Please stop by on Facebook and see what the fuss is about.

Qajaq USA Forum Upgrades

The forums now support Avatars, message teasers and additional internal improvements. Visit the Greenland forum to take the new features for a spin.

Qajaq USA. Your Greenland Kayaking Resource

We are a small yet passionate non-profit organization staffed by volunteers. We depend on your membership contributions to fund this website and forums, publish the Qajaq Journal, translate historic manuscripts for publication, organize Greenland-style events, provide a growing fleet of replica SOF kayaks and gear to events, and more. Your support makes this happen! Join online via PayPal »

Qajaq Journal

Qajaq USA Journal Volume 4 is available at the Qajaq USA Online Store

Volume four contains the first English translation of Tip Tip Hurray! [Rolling] in the Eskimo-style Kayak by Edi Hans Pawlata. In many ways Pawlata was the first European to devote himself to native kayaks, techniques, and gear. In that respect he was the "progenitor" of many Qajaq USA members today. This fascinating translation was possible due to membership funding. Read the Letter from the Editor »

Skinboats of Greenland

John Heath's and Eugene Arima's book, Eastern Arctic Kayaks, is available at the Qajaq USA Online Store

Written by John D. Heath and Eugene Arima, Eastern Arctic Kayaks: History, Design, and Techniques “is a comparative study of kayaks that focuses on historical development, design and construction, and techniques” (ix). Part I of the book, by John Heath, is an overview of the Greenland kayak, giving a historical perspective. Chapters by Greg Stamer and Harvey Golden cover paddling techniques and kayaks in European Museums, respectively. The remainder of Part I, with individual chapters written by Hugh Collings, John Brand, H. C. Petersen, and Johannes Rosing, offers examples of historical kayaks, descriptions of kayak sports and exercise, and a narrative of a trip taken at the end of the 19th century. Part II, by Eugene Arima, focuses on kayaks of Eastern Arctic Canada, describing their use, variations, and construction.

Qajaq USA Sanctioned Events

The Qajaq USA Events Committee has worked to define guidelines for Qajaq USA Sanctioned events. Qualifying events have access to the Qajaq USA demo inventory, as well as financial grants in support of featured speakers. To learn more, please the contact the events committee.

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