Qajaq Camp – Qajartorluni tammaarsimaarneq
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. Please contact Christopher and Lynette if you are interested in volunteering to help at the event.
The camp is held at Hok Si La Regional park, this facilities includes a huge heated and air conditioned dinning hall for us to use for meals, plus our usual evening events, movies, games, kayak build competition and other shenanigans. The camping will be within feet of the fabulous sandy beach, and there are ample warm showers on site!
Registration will open soon
In 2018 we are sticking with the extended format of starting on Thursday so that Friday can be a full day. Those people who wish to can come to camp starting on Thursday afternoon so there will be two and half days of mentoring available. Details of mentors, training and the full schedule will be posted over the coming months as it becomes solidified. If you would like to mark your calendar, our 2018 dates are May 17th – 20st. This year the event will cost $85 per person for members of Qajaq USA including the provided food and camping fees, if you are not a member please join Qajaq USA using this link then follow this link to register for Qajaq Camp 2018.
Want a cool T-Shirt?
The Inuit, Qajaq, Paatit logo is available on a few different T-Shirts – we make no money from the sales of these shirts. Please follow this link to the on-line store.
In 2016 Qajaq Camp became an affiliated event of Qajaq USA. If you are interested in learning more about all aspects of Greenland kayaking consider supporting Qajaq USA and Qaannat Katuffiat. Qajaq USA is a nonprofit membership organization that is officially recognized by Qaannat Kattuffiat (The Greenland Kayaking Association). Qajaq USA is committed 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.
Richard in his skin-on-frame traditional qajaq, learning to throw the harpoon at Qajaq Camp 2015
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, everything is volunteer led, making it a true community effort. 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.
If you have questions about Qajaq Camp please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be only too happy to answer them.
Some of the 2016 Qajaq Camp attendees
Some of the 2015 Qajaq Camp attendees