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One People Canoe Society holds paddle workshop

 

Brian O'Connor/ Wrangell Sentinel

Bulmaro Ramirez (left) and Mike Chilton examine the handle of a paddle during a workshop put on by the One People Canoe Society and the SEARHC traditional foods program. The workshop was held Saturday and Sunday ahead of a planned canoe trip from Wrangell to Juneau for Celebration, June's bi-annual Tlingit cultural festival.

The air was thick with sawdust and the sound of electric motors this weekend at Wrangell High School.

Visiting representatives from the One People Canoe Society were in town to hold a paddle-making workshop in preparation for the biannual Celebration, a festival of Tlingit culture in Juneau. While decorative paddles are sometimes a feature of Alaskan Native culture, the workshop this weekend was a little more practically oriented, said Brian Chilton, an artist by trade who oversaw the workshop alongside his nephew, Mike Chilton. SEARHC's traditional food program also sponsored the workshop....



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