Prince of Wales -- Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in partnership with the One People Canoe Society hosted a Canoe Paddle Workshop in Klawock April 28-30 in preparation for the 2014 Paddle to Celebration Canoe Journey.
The three-day workshop was taught by One People Canoe Society carvers Doug Chilton and Jim Zeller. The boards for the paddles -- 24 red cedar for adult paddles and 24 yellow cedar for youth paddles -- were donated by Bill Bennett with the Haa Anni’ Program for the workshop.
The primary focus of the workshop was on making paddles for the Klawock Canoe to use during the 2014 Paddle to Celebration Canoe Journey. A goal of 15 paddles was set initially, but the group was able to make 23 paddles in just three days. The extra paddles allowed for a set to be donated to the Klawock Tribe.
Celebration, a biennial cultural festival organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute, will be held June 11-14 in Juneau.
Each day of the workshops also included a 30-minute youth suicide prevention training given by SEARHC Patient Advocate Cindy Reeves. The Alaska Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention and Intervention training teaches participants the warning signs, risk factors and protective factors and then provides information on how to reduce the risk of suicide by use of questioning, persuading and referring. Five participants received an Alaska Gatekeeper QPR certificate: Jim and Jeannie McFarland, Ken Yates, Timothy Booth and Everett Athorp.
For more information on Celebration, visit http://www.sealaskaheritage.org/celebration/celebration_2014.htm.
For more on SEARHC, visit www.searhc.org.