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A journey to rediscover the lost narratives of river people, river communities, and the river itself.
A journey to rediscover the lost narratives of river people, river communities, and the river itself.
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    YOUR ART GOES ON THE SECRET HISTORY EXPEDITION. If you send us a postcard, we will hang it up in the shantyboat or add it to the Secret History archive. After pledging, send card to Secret History, 548 Redwood Dr, Felton CA 95018 before July 10th.

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    NEW! THANK YOU EMAIL. For your support of the project, we will send you an immediate email, and who knows, strike up a correspondence and become fast friends forever.

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    NEW! DOUBLE-DOUBLE SUPER PRACTICAL BOAT SUPPORT PLEDGE. Your modest contribution to the Kickstarter plus select one of the many things we need for the trip from our wishlist (http://amzn.com/w/3BZT16UTFU5DL) and have it sent straight to us! We will send you a personal thank you and email you a photo of it installed in the shantyboat.

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    A HAND-TYPED POSTCARD ENROUTE.

    While sitting on the porch with our feet in the river we will be thinking of you, dear funder, and will send you a postcard typed up on our vintage typewriter as proof. Hear about our daily travails and get a glimpse into river life, delivered by USPS!

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    A HAND-SCRAWLED DRUNK POSTCARD ENROUTE.

    In the evenings while we are drinking to forget the latest fury the river has thrown at us, we'll carelessly scrawl you a postcard that we may regret later. Hear all about whatever is on our minds, unfiltered by inhibitions, propriety, and good sense, delivered by USPS!

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    GLASS PENDANT FROM BROKEN REAR SHANTYBOAT DOOR.

    You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs, and building a shantyboat is much the same. We toured the finest junkyards and abandoned buildings for boat materials, and will send to you a tiny memento of that process. Using shards of uniquely pebbled translucent glass broken from what is now our backdoor, we'll use stained glass techniques to solder an artsy pendant.

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    NEW! A DRUNKEN LETTER FROM THE BOAT. In the long nights, as we moor on the banks of the Mississippi, we will have little to do but drink and send letters and cards back home. We will unleash all of our anxiety, passion, and excitement in a drunken (probably typed) tirade in a letter to you via the USPS.

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    NEW FINAL 500 REWARD! SECRET HISTORY POSTER. Our text, photography and design, printed on heavy photo paper in a giant 26 inches by 42 inches, delicately printed in gorgeous clear color. I can promise you that you will not be disappointed.

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    NEW! SUPER COMBO DEAL. A Broken glass pendant PLUS a hand-scrawled drunk postcard PLUS the double-double PLUS your art goes with us. We're bustin' a move to get you your rewards, but that means, you'll have to bust a move as well to send us your postcard art soon as you can and visit our wishlist and select something to purchase for the shantyboat (http://amzn.com/w/3BZT16UTFU5DL). Whew, all that and a bag of chips.

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    NEW! PRESSED PLANT PENDANT. Riverbanks provide lush hunting grounds for plant lovers, and you, too, can reap those rewards. Along the way we will be gathering interesting species and pressing them for later identification. Using stained glass techniques along with glass from microscope slides, we'll preserve a bit of our carefully labeled bounty in a botanical pendant.

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    SIGNED COPY OF THE GOOD SHIP ABANDON. Artist Wes Modes created a short comic book of his adventures punk rafting on the Missouri River. Color printed and bound comic, signed by the artist.

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    SECRET HISTORY ETHNOBOTANICAL POSTER.
    Plants can be medicine, food, clothing, and tools, and we hope to gather stories and examples of these species along our journey. You will receive a large printed poster of Mississippi plant species with notes pertaining to their use, as collected on our trip.

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    SHANTY BOAT TOUR AND PORCH TIME.

    Want to visit the boat in person? Travel to our boatyard to get an idea of what it would be like to live in a tiny floating cabin. On a warm late summer night, we'll give you a personal tour, and sip from your own bottle of Wes' homemade Fire Whiskey while we share a cigar and stories while sitting on the porch of the shantyboat.

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    NEW! SKYPE DATE WITH SECRET HISTORY ARTISTS. If we are near a marina with wifi or perhaps in some cafe along the river, we'll meet with you to share some of the stories of our journey. You'll get to ask us all about the compromises and drama of living in tight quarters, and hear stories that aren't fit for the general public. Our one-hour date can be redeemed over the internet, or afterward, in person at a mutually agreeable place, if you live near the SF Bay Area.

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    JOIN US ON THE RIVER. Meet us enroute and join us for a couple days on the river. You'll have to make the arrangements to get to the Mississippi River, but you will be our guest for a journey you will not soon forget.

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    SPECIAL THANKS IN FILM CREDITS.

    For our most generous funders, we'll record a short clip of us holding a special thank you with your name, for the credits of the final documentary. See your name writ large, on the banks of the Mississippi, and be remembered a generous contributor to this project every time the film is shown.

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