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Today is May 21, 2018



Qajaq Camp
Qajaq Camp is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of traditional paddling. The camp is dedicated to passing on the skills of local traditional paddlers to each other, be that rolling, harpooning, paddling or building a qajaq. We believe that everyone has something to share so each of us are teachers and learners. Traditional paddling in the mid-west USA continues to grow in support and passion. For many years the Traditional Paddler’s Gathering has provided a great venue at the end of each season for traditional paddlers to get together and share their knowledge and passions. In 2014, in response to the continued growth in Traditional Paddling, a few local paddlers decided to hold an event at the beginning of the paddling season and so Qajaq Camp was born. In 2018, the event is being held for a fifth year. Start your paddling season at Qajaq Camp and end it at the Traditional Paddlers Gathering for a perfect season of Greenland Paddling.

Qajaq USA Event
When: May 17 - 20, 2018
Where: Hok SI La Regional park, MN
Lake City, MN, United States
Contact: Please email Christopher Crowhurst or call 952-428-9141
E-mail Christopher@qajaqrolls.com

Traditional Inuit Paddlers of the Southeast (TIPS)
Whether you are just curious about, a novice or an expert traditional paddler you will enjoy helping celebrate our fifth annual TIPS event. Paddle making, strokes, rescues, of course rolling, ropes, and even a little kayak choreography will all be a part of the weekend. The expert and exciting mentors joining us this year will be Greg Stamer, Henry Romer, Don Beale and Dubside. Come rested because you will return home exhilarated but tired.

Qajaq USA Event
When: May 18 - 20, 2018
Where: Camp Fellowship
Waterloo, S.C. 
Contact: traditionalpaddlersretreat.com
E-mail traditionalpaddlersretreat@gmail.com

South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayaking Symposium (SSTIKS)
South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayaking Symposium (SSTIKS) is the Pacific Northwest's premier event devoted to traditional kayaking skills and culture. SSTIKS is held in June every year in Twanoh State Park on the beautiful Hood Canal in Washington. It is a family-friendly event featuring some of the best mentors in Greenland-style kayaking.

Qajaq USA Event
When: June 8 - 10, 2018
Where: Twanoh State Park
Belfair, WA, United States
Contact: Joanne Barta
E-mail SstiksRus@gmail.com

Hudson River Greenland Festival
The Hudson River Greenland Festival was founded in October 2003 at Norrie State Park on the Hudson River in Staatsburg, NY. Organized by Wayne Gilchrest and Hudson Valley Pack & Paddle, the one day event featured Greenland Kayak technique demonstrations, races and rolling competitions. Some of the most recognized and highly skilled kayak mentors in the country were there, including Cheri Perry, Turner Wilson and Dubside. After three successful years, sadly the organizers left the area and the park closed the Norrie facilities for major renovations. Unfortunately, the festival did not happen in 2006. In 2007, HRGF was revived and found a new venue at Croton Point Park a few miles down river on the Hudson and was reborn as a multi-day event. In 2011, HRGF became a Qajaq USA sanctioned event. This year we will be celebrating our 11th year! The festival attracts participants of all levels as well as talented and renowned mentors from many different regions, including Greenland. We strive to pass along traditional kayaking skills in a "Pay it Forward" method...by observing...by learning...by teaching.

Qajaq USA Event
When: June 21 - 24, 2018
Where: Croton-Point Park
Croton on the Hudson, New York 
E-mail info@hrgf.org

QajaqTC
QOne can rightfully state this is a full immersion event. There is no access by road, so start paddling! Our spectacular venue creates a truly intimate atmosphere. You will be among sixty individuals representing a broad range of skills. QajaqTC is about many things. Sometimes you may choose to watch and listen, engage in 1:1 mentoring, or dive into the heat of competition or classes. No matter how you choose to participate, there is always many things going on and no choice but to have a great time. In addition to the classic activities of rolling, ropes, harpoons, and paddling, this year participants will have the opportunity to carve a paddle with Don Beale and Joanne Barta and participate in a 90 minute qajaq build and race. To top it off, three of our own mentors will be sharing their insights from their recent trips to Greenland in short presentations before dinner. Come join the good times and share in the many smiles and laughs!

Qajaq USA Event
When: August 23 - 26, 2018
Where: Camp Lookout Lower Herring Lake
Frankfort, MI 
E-mail qajaqTC@gmail.com

The Traditional Paddlers Gathering
The Traditional Paddlers Gathering returns to Parker Scout Reservation in Merrifield, Mn this September. Our beautiful venue includes nearly 300 acres of hiking, camping (tent or small camper) or bunking in a Medieval castle bunkhouse. This year our featured special guests are Dubside and Tim Gallaway. We like to call this a "casual get together of like minded paddlers", and in truth, it's much more than that. We not only offer on and off water classes devoted to traditional skills, knowledge and play, we offer beautiful Minnesota sunsets and bonfires, warm water and cool nights. This year we will feature our first Sand Harpoon Building class, (separate registration required), in addition to our repertoire of all levels of strokes, rolling, rescues and fire building. Participants at all levels of paddling experience are encouraged to attend. North Long Lake has 6000+ acres of crystal clear flat water, and the possibility of conditions a short paddle away. We have a youth track available, in conjunction with our Eagle Scout Kayaking Merit Badge program. An ideal bookend to Qajaq Camp in the spring, we promise to send you home with practice for your pool sessions, and projects you can't wait to start over the winter!

Qajaq USA Event
When: September 13 - 16, 2018
Where: Parker Scout Reservation, North Long Lake
Merrifield, MN 
Contact: Renee DuFresne
E-mail h2ohgirl@gmail.com

The Big 30th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat
It’s our big 3-0. 30 years of providing top level instruction to the paddling community. This year we will be focusing more than ever on Makers Workshops. Historically, Inuit communities made mostly everything that they used, so holding these workshops serve to support and honor these "handcrafted" traditions. Look for workshops in making mittens, harpoons, Aleut and Greenland paddles, float bags, seasocks and more. Jannie Heegaard is back and bringing Anders with her this time. Other special guests to be announced. We will continue to have plenty of on water and big water clases. This mentor rich event has a great student teacher ratio, often one on one. You're guaranteed to learn something new, improve your paddling skills, make new friends and have fun. All this in a rustic camp-style setting on the scenic shores of Rehoboth Bay, Delaware, USA. Plus 3 meals a day of good country cooking.

Qajaq USA Event
When: October 4 - 7, 2018
Where: Camp Arrowhead 35143 Homestead Way, Lewes DE 19958
Lewes, DE 
E-mail Info@delmarvapaddlersretreat.org



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