The Forgotten Art of Moosehide Canoes

There are tools and gear everywhere in the wall tent that Doug Smarch works in.  Some are modern pieces of equipment like hand planers, some are traditional tools that I have never seen before and others look like they were specifically built for this project.  As I approached the “workshop”, Smarch is pulling two, long spruce planks from a steaming plastic pipe, explaining that this is home-made wood steamer he invented for boat building.

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RiverNation – Journey Through The Bloodlines

Our Water, Our Land, Our People.“When you look at the hard times, you say ‘this is what I need from you and the rest I don’t need no more’ you never look back at it again; because it will come forward to meet you again. And part of that healing is your journey for tomorrow, and the next day, that’s the plan you have to stick with.” – Elder Besha BlondinRiver Nation: Journey Through the Bloodlines, began as a project to learn about Yukon First Nation governance.

Shākāt Team visiting Old Crow.

We had an amazing adventure visiting the farthest North community. A small town of unique architecture and history, with temperatures well below zero and welcoming locals. We got invited to go for a hunt with local Elders, had we stayed a bit longer. The students were shy at first but wormed up as the day went along learning about photography, video, writing and songwriting.

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