A Year in Review

Written by Alexia Springer How has the year 2022 already come and gone? Upon reflection, this year somehow feels like the longest year that so quickly flew by. Much has happened, both in our collective world and in my personal circle. The Ely Folk School has been a major part of my year and it […]

Burntside’s First Paddle

The 20ft Birch Bark Canoe, “Burntside” has finally hit the water! Read the story about the first paddle by Keith Vandervort from The Timberjay.

The Teaching Tree

By Seth Huntington Our new birchbark canoe was nearly complete with its first launch a few weeks away. Six new canoe paddles are needed, so the novice paddle maker took the rough sawn tree boards and roughed out six blanks. In time, five of the blanks were carved into usable, but not yet finished paddles. […]

August Newsletter

Many of you have joined us on our journey of crafting a 20’ Ojibwe Wiigwaasi Jiimaan (Birchbark Canoe) and many more of you have followed us on our journey, in-person and virtually. We are overjoyed to be on the precipice of paddling this beautiful canoe for the first time!  We have spent 4 summers, beginning […]

July Newsletter

View this email in your browser July Newsletter Learn Something New July in Ely – is there anything better??  The town is bustling with people, lake temperatures are slowly becoming delightfully swimmable, and it’s projected to be a bountiful blueberry harvest. I would say I can’t wait to go blueberry picking, but the truth is […]

June Newsletter

View this email in your browser June Newsletter Learn Something New The Birch Bark Canoe Project kicked off this week with the first public building session this past Sunday. If you would like to participate, you can come to the Ely Folk School pocket park at 1pm on Sundays throughout the summer, registration found here. More information on […]

May Newsletter

View this email in your browser Gearing up for Summer The weather may not be cooperating yet, but I can feel (and almost taste) summer when looking through the summer class list. Plans to make pies, pick blueberries, make wild rice knockers, help with the birch bark canoe project, and participate in one of our newest classes, “Creating a […]

April Update

These mid-April snowstorms and blustery winds have tested my patience, but I am resolved to be resilient. The truth is I simply can’t complain. April has been a blesséd month thus far. Straddled between two extremely delightful potica classes (more on that later), was an enriching Ely Folk School instructor retreat. A promising combination of […]

Wiigwaasi-Jiimaan

Wiigwaasi-Jiimaan (Birch Bark Canoe) In recent years there has been a movement to learn about Anishinaabemowin and traditional skills including how to build a wiigwaasi-jiimaan. The Birch Bark Canoe Project (BBCP), at the Ely Folk School, is a gathering place of valuable knowledge for the Ely area community and those traveling through.  The birch bark canoe is an […]