If you’ve ever had the experience of paddling a wooden canoe on a calm, silent lake, moving your paddle through the water as the canoe effortlessly glides like a large bird in the sky, then you’ll know it’s more than just a means of transportation.

I can only imagine what it would be like to carefully select and cut down the right tree, to gather the other natural supplies, to masterfully carve a paddle, and when it is all complete launch it into the water for the first time.The canoe used to be a part of a way of life for some. It embodies the special relationship between trees, humans, the water, and so much more.

The canoe (and other variations of its design) used to be an essential part of a way of life for people all over the world who lived near water. It embodies the special relationship between trees, humans, the water, and so much more.

Ojibwe women in canoe on leech lake the canoe film we are wildness blog

This trailer for the short documentary film “The Canoe” by Goh Iromoto has left me captivated by its beauty and narration.

After watching, you may likely never think about a canoe in the same way again. I know I won’t!

Words from the trailer page on Vimeo:

“If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations then one enduring expression of that simple truth, is surely the canoe.”

This film captures the human connection and bond created by Canada’s well-known craft & symbol, the canoe. Through the stories of five paddlers across the province of Ontario, Canada – a majestic background both in its landscape & history – the film underscores the strength of the human spirit and how the canoe can be a vessel for creating deep and meaningful connections.

The film will be released online on Feb 6, 2017.

 

I can’t wait to watch the full film!

Have you ever been in a canoe? Share your experiences in the comments.

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Author Kevin Park

Kevin is the Co-Visionary of We Are Wildness with his partner Alissa Wild. He is also Co-Director of We Are Wildness University and the Nature Based Business Network. He's a certified personal trainer and is passionate about teaching natural fitness, natural nutrition, helping other nature-based businesses and living a more nature-connected lifestyle.

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