This past Saturday, Angoon welcomed the red cedar log that will serve as the centerpiece of the recently launched Community Canoe Project. The log, which is 33 feet long and weighs approximately 10,000 pounds arrived via boat.
“We are excited that the log arrived in Angoon,” said Project Manager Kirsten Slate who is responsible for coordinating and managing the project. “The corporation is pleased that the children and adults of Angoon have this amazing opportunity to come together to work on a healthy healing project for their community.”
Tlingit Master Carver Wayne Price, who is also a professor of Northwest Coast Art at the University of Alaska Southeast, will work closely with the Angoon High School STEAM class, volunteer carving apprentices, and other community members to carve a Tlingit style canoe over the next three months. The project is intended to bring community members together to introduce participants to traditional carving techniques and canoe making. Once completed, the canoe will remain in Angoon, and be used for food gathering, canoe journeys, and day-paddling trips.
“The project is truly a team effort,” said Interim President & CEO Jonathan Wunrow. “This canoe project would not have been possible without the partnership, funding, and commitment of so many others. We are truly thankful for everyone’s support and participation.”
In addition to Kootznoowoo, Inc. which initiated and is overseeing the project, other project supporters include:
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Angoon Community Association, Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Chatham School District, the Crossett Fund, HECLA Greens Creek Mine, the Rasmuson Foundation, Sealaska Corporation, Sealaska Heritage Institute, and the Juneau Community Foundation.
The project will continue through December and is expected to be completed by next spring.