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Letter from the President
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The fact that you are reading this means you already know a little about Qajaq USA, but do you know why you should support or continue your support of this organization?

Since Greg Stamer started the organization in 2000, Qajaq USA has been dedicated to supporting Qaannat Kattuffiat and their efforts to preserve, study and promote the traditions and techniques of Greenland Kayaking while seeking to further the appreciation and development of Greenland-style kayaking in the United States.

What does that mean to you?

Each year Qajaq USA helps organize a series of events across the country, From Florida to Washington to Michigan to Delaware, they span the country, providing paddlers the opportunity to experience using a traditional skin-on-frame qajaq and equipment and learn about the Greenland paddling culture.

Every quarter Qajaq USA produces an electronic newsletter called the Masik, full of carefully curated content about traditional paddling events and happenings.

Periodically Qajaq USA produces the printed journal called QAJAQ, filled with historical information and documents, many translated into English for the first time, it is a tremendous way to immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Arctic paddlers.

Of course, there is also this website and forum to be maintained, plus the social media sites like Facebook which are used to share traditional paddling and qajaq building knowledge plus news and information about events.

As if all that wasn’t enough of a reason to help support the organization, it also maintains several fleets of historically accurate replica kayaks. These kayaks travel to the various sanctioned and affiliated events to allow attendees to experience firsthand what it means to slide into and paddle a qajaq that fits you. As well as the qajaq fleets, there are a multitude of replica Greenland Paddles and neoprene traditional paddling gear including tuilik and akuilisaq (the traditional version of a paddling top and spray skirt).

All this work and equipment costs time and money to produce and maintain. That is where the Qajaq USA members can assist. To become a member, you donate $35 annually to assist the organization fulfill its mission. If you are already a member then thank you, please consider renewing your membership so we can continue to fulfill the organization’s mission. Once a member, please consider volunteering your time by joining one of the many working committees, and help us continue to share the knowledge of traditional Greenland qajaq paddling across the USA.

As a nonprofit membership organization (and one of only three affiliated “qajaq” clubs outside of Greenland), Qajaq USA depends on the contributions of members and volunteers. Thank you for considering supporting our mission, and we look forward to seeing you afloat at one of the Qajaq USA sanctioned and affiliated events.

Christopher Crowhurst
Qajaq USA President
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