Call for Participation

There is a vacancy on the QUSA events committee for a SSTIKS representative. The group meets 8 times per year via conference call.  Joanne Barta is chair of the committee. There is one representative from each of the sanctioned events.
The term of service is two years, with the option to renew for two one year terms, based on board approval.
Here is what we are looking for in an applicant:

  • Be a current Qajaq USA member
  • Have strong people skills and a positive outlook
  • Have an appreciation and understanding of traditional paddling and interest in Arctic cultures
  • Gets things done in a timely manner
  • Communicates well with our community as a liaison between SSTIKS and Qajaq USA
  • Be an active member of the SSTIKS project team.

Contact Joanne Barta for more information. The SSTIKS board will consider all applicants and make a decision by early August. position closes July 31.

SSTIKS 2018 was great!

We look forward to seeing you June 14-16, 2019!

South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayaking Symposium (SSTIKS) is the Northwest’s premier event devoted to traditional kayaking skills and culture. SSTIKS is held in June every year in Twanoh State Park on the beautiful Hood Canal in Washington. SSTIKS is a family-friendly event featuring some of the best mentors in Greenland-style kayaking. SSTIKS is a volunteer-run event

SSTIKS is supported by QajaqUSA, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving traditional paddling worldwide. Please consider joining QajaqUSA.

SSTIKS 2018 Schedule

Thursday Early Bird Schedule
  • 4:00PM – 6:00PM Mentors Session -Teaching Greenland Skills
  • 6:30PM – 7:30PM Dinner (bring your own)
  • 7:30PM – 9:00PM Evening Film Presentation – The Journals of Knud Rasmussen
Friday Schedule
  • 7:30AM – 8:15AM Yoga on the beach
  • 8:00AM – 5:00PM Paddle Carving Class
  • 9:00AM – 11:30AM Morning Sessions
  • 12:00PM – 1:00PM Catered Lunch
  • 1:30PM – 3:30PM Afternoon Sessions
  • 3:45PM – 4:15PM Greenland Parade
  • 4:30PM – 5:30PM Ropes Demo
  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM Catered Dinner
  • 7:30PM – 9:00PM Nate Apgar Keynote
Saturday Schedule
  • 7:30AM – 8:15AM Yoga on the beach
  • 9:00AM – 11:30AM Morning Sessions
  • 12:00PM – 1:00PM Catered Lunch
  • 1:15PM – 2:15PM Rolling Demo & Competition
  • 2:30PM – 4:30PM Afternoon Sessions
  • 4:45PM – 5:15PM Kayak Race
  • 5:15PM-6:00PM Dead Fish Polo!
  • 6:00PM – 7:30PM Silent Auction
  • 6:30PM – 7:30PM Catered Dinner
  • 8:00PM – 8:45PM Live Auction
  • 9:00PM – 10:00PM Film Festival
Sunday Schedule
  • 7:30AM – 8:15AM Yoga on the beach
  • 9:00AM – 10:30AM Informal Mentoring on the Water
  • 10:30AM – 11:30AM Kids Barge Race & Wedding of Palo Race
  • 11:45AM – 12:00PM Greenland Skills Awards
  • 12:00PM – 1:00PM Catered Lunch

Good Bye SSTIKS 2018

Our SSTIKS 2018 Mentors

The Third Annual SSTIKS Film Festival is coming 2019

learn about the SSTIKS 2019 Film Festival

All films welcome – you do not have to be a professional filmmaker to enter.

Kayak Rolling Stickfigure image courtesy Christopher Crowhurst rights reserved.

See more about the festival and view previous films here

WE WANT YOUR FILM in 2019!

Submit your short film, about 5 minutes, on “traditional kayaking.”  Traditional kayaking includes rolling, paddling techniques, kayak building, tuilik making, ropes, and other aspects of traditional kayaking culture.
Entries for our festival could include any of the above and/or anything that speaks to or is informed by traditional kayaks and culture.
The top three films received a handmade Norsaq by Don Beale.
The top ten films will be shown at SSTIKS.
All accepted films will be available on the SSTIKS website.

Stay tuned for entry info – coming soon.

Our 2018 Supporters – Thank You!

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