I’m beginning to understand the essence of this Native culture, and by extension, my own. The traditions, the kayak-building, they bring everyone together. It brings the young people, who eagerly hold pieces of wood together for the adult builders. It brings the elders, who come by to drop a few pieces of crucial advice. By the time an umiaq frame is finished, half the village has spent a day hanging out for some reason or other.

My favorite thing about partnering with Filson has been the opportunity to share the perspective of indigenous peoples. I wrote an article for Filson Life, their blog, about what it means to be a traditional kayak-builder and why making stories and passing them on is so important in life.

One response to “Trade Stories with Filson: Kiliii Yuyan of Seawolf Kayak

  1. Kiliii, there is a stark contrast between 2018 Anerican society and tribal traditions. In America today it is all “me” in tribal societys it is “we.” G

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