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Today is February 5, 2016

Traditional Qajaqers of the South (TRAQS)
The inaugural Traditional Qajaqers of the South (TRAQS) festival will be held from March 18-20, 2016 at the Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center on beautiful Lake Placid in Central Florida. This will be an immersive Greenland kayaking weekend that includes paddling and rolling skills, presentations, morning yoga, kayak games and exposure to Inuit culture. We will be joined by internationally known mentors, Jame Manke and Christopher Crowhurst. We will also include a full day Greenland paddle making class led by a nationally known instructor.

When: March 18, 2016
Where: Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center
Lake Placid, Florida 
Contact: Ed Mann

Traditional Inuit Paddlers of the Southeast (TIPS)
All skill levels are welcomed to join in a fun filled weekend of learning and sharing with internationally known mentors Helen Wilson of California, Christopher Crowhurst of Minnesota, and Dubside of Maryland. Small group sessions will range from Introduction to Greenland paddling, to advanced strokes and rolling. In addition to classes, there will be optional morning yoga, evening presentations, and learning about Inuit culture and the origins of kayaking. Or you can just join a group for a relaxing lake paddle. Registration opens Jan. 1, 2016. Space is limited. For more information and updates, please see our website at www.

Qajaq USA Event
When: May 13 - 15, 2016
Where: Camp Fellowship, on Lake Greenwood
Waterloo, South Carolina 
Contact: Fran Symes

Qajaq Camp - Qajartorluni tammaarsimaarneq
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. The event’s philosophy is that everyone is a mentor, each of us are both learners and teachers, this is reflected in the growth of people willing to share their skills each year. In an effort to keep the event accessible it is held in a central location close to the Twin-Cities. Efforts continue to be made to keep the costs as low as possible. In the true tradition of mentoring no one associated with the event is compensated for their services, everyone helps because of their passion for keeping the culture and skills of the original Inuit paddling communities alive. Start your season at Qajaq Camp and end it at the Traditional Paddlers Gathering for a perfect season of Greenland Paddling.

When: June 2 - 5, 2016
Where: Baker Park Reserve
Maple Plain, MN 

South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayak Syposium (SSTIKS)
SSTIKS is a family-friendly traditional kayaking event, known for it's kid's track. We have great food, a great crew of mentors in a state park on Hood Canal near Shelton, Washington. Harvey Golden will have a fleet of his replica boats to paddle, these are museum pieces that you can touch! As our Guest speaker this year, Harvey will talk about his new book. We also have Paddle Carving with Don Beale, and lots of rolling and strokes mentors.

Qajaq USA Event
When: June 10 - 12, 2016
Where: Twanoh State Park
Shelton, WA 
Contact: Joanne Barta

Hudson River Greenland Festival
Since 207, HRGF takes place at Croton Point Park, 40 miles up river (North) of New York City and us easily accessible by Metro north train. Located on on the Hudson, HRGF is multi-day event. In 2011, HRGF became a Qajaq USA sanctioned event. This year we will be celebrating our 9th year! The festival attracts participants of all levels as well as talented and renowned mentors from many different regions. We strive to pass along traditional kayaking skills in a "Pay it Forward" teaching.

Qajaq USA Event
When: June 23 - 26, 2016
Where: Croton Point Park
Croton on the Hudson, New York 
Contact: Kevin Kehoe

The Traditional Paddlers Gathering
The Traditional Paddlers Gathering is Minnesota's first place to study and experience all areas of traditional qajaq culture, building, strokes and rolling, and is host to the now infamous styrofoam seal hunt. You can also compete in our handline fishing contest on beautiful Lake Carlos in Alexandria, Minnesota.

Qajaq USA Event
When: September 8 - 11, 2016
Where: Lake Carlos State Park
Alexandria, Minnesota 
Contact: Tony Schmitz

28th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat
This will be Delmarva’s 28th year providing top level instruction to the paddling community and it’s 15th year of being a Traditional Qajaq USA Paddling event. This year will feature: • An Iqyax (Baidarka) Building class with Anders Thygesen • John Pedersen will return and expand his strokes class • Don Beale will conduct a Paddle making workshop • The Kayak Build Competition will return! With always an abundance of mentors you're guaranteed to learn something new, improve your paddling skills, and make new friends. All this in a rustic camp-style setting on the scenic shores of Rehoboth Bay, Delaware.

Qajaq USA Event
When: October 6 - 9, 2016
Where: Camp Arrowhead on Rehoboth Bay
Lewes, Delaware 
Contact: Sue Byerly or Chris Beckman

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