Monday, May 12, 2008
Running April 27 to May 2, the camp was part of the Portland Waldorf
School outdoor week which has been run in partnership with
TrackersNW for the past 4 years. Nestled on the Southern Oregon coast, this week long camp with 21 students and 7 team leaders, taught more than ancient boat building skills. We also wove our own crab pots, went crabbing, harvested clams and mussels, wild plants and seaweed to incorporate in our meals and butchered a sheep for our own meat. Students completely directed the camp themselves, using TrackersNW's unique model of Natural Agile Teams Leadership. Go here for more photos of the new Umiak and the camp.
For thousands of years umiaks were used to transport Inuit and Yupik families from settlement to settlement and for large scale whaling expeditions of hunters. Skin-on-frame umiaks and kayaks have been tested and perfected over thousands of years in the toughest, most dangerous water conditions in the world (such as the Arctic), by people whose lives depended on their kayaks to hunt and gather their food. Modern skin on frame construction is considered lighter and tougher than fiberglass or solid wood designs. Our new umiak is truly a site to behold. More info about umiaks
The "skin" (made of balistic nylon) is sewn on then coated in urethane.
All aboard! Testing the umiak out in the Bandon harbor.