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A Kayak to Carry Us: Lived Knowledge

Documentary Short (7 min) | Mark Blaine


A group of community members are trying to return the nearly forgotten technology of the traditional Alutiiq kayak to their people by building one in the field as their ancestors did — with materials collected from the beach, hand tools, and the challenges of working on a remote granite outcrop on Kodiak Island.

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Mark Blaine worked for four years in the mid-1990s at the Asheville Citizen-Times (North Carolina) as an editor and investigative reporter. He is the author of Whitewater: The Thrill and Skill of Running the World’s Great Rivers (Black Dog and Leventhal, 2001) and was a ghost writer for To the Sea (Black Dog and Leventhal, 2000). His work has also appeared in Canoe and Kayak, Oregon Humanities, and Oregon Quarterly.