Date: May 13
Location: Liverpool, England
Description: The Greenland National Kayaking Championship – A First Hand Account By Helen Wilson: Until recent years, kayaks and harpoons were used in the Arctic as a means of hunting and survival. Kayaking clubs were formed throughout Greenland, and once a year the clubs meet in alternating locations to compete for a week in traditional kayaking skills. These competitions began as a way to keep history alive and to teach younger generations the skills that their ancestors depended on. The competitions are a celebration and many people participate, from young children through the elderly. Helen has competed in the Championship twice and will share her experiences. Her presentation will also examine modern kayaking throughout the world and how ancient skills are becoming increasingly popular using both traditional and modern equipment.
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