First of all thank you everyone for making this project possible, it was a huge success for everyone involved! We were also able to continue the Power of the Canoe project after building birch bark canoes on Bear Island. After a 44 hour drive powered by veggie oil (John was the only one to pull over to sleep), on the day we returned to Washington State, we received 5 HUGE logs donated to us by the Idaho Forest Group.
When someone recieves 5 free huge logs, what are they to do? Well we decided why not carve dugout canoes on the Columbia River with native and non-native youth from Kettle Falls and Inchellium, which is right across the river.
Because of this extraordinary opportunity we were not able to spend the time editing all of the footage from Canada but we were able to almost double the amount of video footage of youth working on canoes. This will make the Power of the Canoe an even more powerful documentary.
With winter upon us and the canoe building season coming to an end. We will start sorting through the tera-byte (80+ hours of video footage) and begin putting together a movie that will depict what we have learned about the Power of the Canoe. So please expect all rewards to arrive at your house sometime before spring is upon us. We are really excited to complete this project!
So thank you for bearing with us and thank you for all of your support. Paddle on and we hope to see you on the water, in a canoe, soon!
PS- Neat info....Tyee the Kettle Falls dugout canoe is going to be stored for the winter in the Kettle Falls elementary school library! All winter students will be reading their favorite books in their favorite canoe...the 33ft cedar chinook salmon canoe they made!