Archive | Birch Bark Canoe Project

BBCP Youth & Family Day

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Everyone is welcome to join us for some or all of this free event (the forecast looks great – sunny and 70!). We are excited that participants will include: Kids and families from Wild Within (Ely’s adventure day care program) Youth and families from Ely Community Resource Tribal youth from the Bois […]

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Birch Bark Canoe Update June 11, 2018

Dear Canoe Builders and Supporters, Canoe Country Greetings! Each week (until September 19th) we meet on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. at the Ely Folk School (EFS) for friendship, sharing, hands-on learning about traditional birch bark canoe construction, cultural history, and more. Everyone is welcome to visit, observe, or participate. This week’s Birch Bark Canoe Project […]

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2018 BBCP Kickoff!

Dear Canoe Builders and Supporters, Greetings! This week’s Birch Bark Canoe Project (BBCP) schedule at the Ely Folk School (EFS) includes: Tuesday, May 22, 6-9 p.m. Thwart & peg construction Splitting & carving cedar ribs Wednesday, May 23, 6-9 p.m. POTLUCK AT 6 P.M & BBCP KICK-OFF EVENT with a public presentation Carving cedar gunwales […]

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Canoe Country Traditions

  The second weekend in August brings Canoe Country Traditions, a three-day celebration of classes featuring the importance of canoes in our region’s history as well as traditional crafts such as caning, carving and cooking. Canoes have been a primary form of transport throughout the region’s history. You can even participate in helping to build […]

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Birch Bark Canoe Project 2017

Due to the great success and excitement of last year’s Birch Bark Canoe Project, Ely Folk School is proud to announce the 2017 project schedule. Anyone who is interested can participate in the Tuesday and Wednesday evening gatherings April 11 through August 23 from 5-9 p.m. Your first visit is free, and then a $10 […]

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Birch Bark Canoe Project 2016: The Pow Wow

It all started on a whim. A year ago, Ely Folk School members Paul and Sue Schurke were looking for a novel get-away and noticed it was summer Pow Wow weekend for the Ojibwa community on the Canadian side of the Boundary Water’s Lac La Croix. Seizing the moment, they arrived there on an overnight paddle from the Little Indian Sioux trailhead. […]

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Birch Bark Canoe Project 2016: Building the Canoe

Crafting Authenticity Did you notice the fine piece of paddle-able art that took shape this summer on the lawn next to the Fisherman’s Headquarters building? The Ely Folk School’s birch bark canoe building project was headed by Erik Simula, former interpretive ranger and canoe builder at Grand Portage National Monument. The project drew together a […]

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