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Today is May 26, 2016

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 Christopher Crowhurst of Minnesota, and Dubside of Maryland. And also joining us this year will be Jenna Padilla from Greenland. What a great way to learn more about Greenland culture. 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 http://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

UKIOQ 2016 - Nuuk Qaanamik Unammersuarneq (Greenland's National Kayaking Championship Competition for the Year 2016)

Qaannat Kattuffiat Event
When: July 11 - 18, 2016
Where: PEQATIGIIFFIK QAJAQ NUUK (Nuuk Kayak Club) 3900 Nuuk, Greenland
Nuuk, Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
Contact: Qaannat Kattuffiat PO Box 1004 3900 Nuuk, Greenland

Qajaq TC
One 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 (60) individuals representing a broad range of skills who want to do one thing — share and gain experience.We’re small, which allows us to remain completely flexible. Everyone teaches—everyone learns. We focus on each other and make sure EVERYONE has a fabulous time. Registration opens April 1st.

Qajaq USA Event
When: August 25 - 28, 2016
Where: Camp Lookout
Frankfort, MI 
Contact: Nancy Thornton

The Traditional Paddlers Gathering
The Traditional Paddlers Gathering is Minnesota's first place to study and experience all areas of traditional qajaq culture, including building Skin on Frame qajaq, strokes, rolling and history. Helen Wilson returns this year with her expert hand at rolling, rescues, strokes and yoga. Fred Randall will also be returning, and will lead the way through skinning last years build. Dubside will also be joining us, and you can expect to respect his knowledge and experience in all areas Greenland. Sipke DeBoer will present hunting and harpoon handling, as "The Gathering" is host to the now infamous "Minnesota Styrofoam Seal Hunt." Returning for the second year, is our "Handline Fishing" contest. This year the fish must be big enough to keep and eat, so with any luck, we'll have a lunch time fish fry!

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

SOF Sea Kayak Building Workshop
Traditional kayak designer and builder Kiliii Yuyan is bringing his 9-day skin-on-frame workshop to Maryland. Participants will each build their own SOF kayak & Greenland paddle just in time for the Delmarva Paddler's Retreat! Learn more at

When: September 24 - October 2, 2016
Where: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
St. Michaels, Maryland 
Contact: Organizer: Addie Asbridge Host:

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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