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Adventurous Elyites: Canoeing Conversations

$10

with Sean Bloomfield Colton Witte

Calendar Sep 8, 2018 at 7 pm

September 8, 2018
7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Tuition: $10

Sean Bloomfield and Colton Witte will speak about their book Adventure North: 2,200 Miles by Canoe, 49 Day in the WildThe book shares the story of their canoeing adventure from Chaska, Minnesota to Hudson Bay. The two boys graduated from high school early to retrace Eric Sevareid’s classic canoe trip detailed in the book Canoeing with the Cree. Bloomfield and Witte will speak about their adventure and how it differed from Sevareid’s experience.

About the Instructors: Sean Bloomfield teaches 8th grade Social Studies, and coaches high school hockey and lacrosse in Chaska, Minnesota. Along with canoeing to Hudson Bay in 2008, he and his paddling partner, Colton Witte, and two others lived off of the land for one month in the Absaroka-Beartooth region of Montana in 2011. He currently lives with his wife and two sons in Minnesota, and

Colton Witte studied international relations, institutional philosophy, and business at Minnesota State University. He continues to backpack, canoe, fish, and hunt with friends and family, and enjoys exploring music and culture with his girlfriend. In his free time, he plays guitar and signs, performing professional in weddings and at social events. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Capturing Fall Colors

$70

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Sep 29, 2018 at 9 am

Saturday, September 29, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuition: $70

Be a part of an autumn tradition in the North Country – observing and photographing fall color! This class will provide a one hour orientation on techniques and equipment utilization while in the field. We’ll then take our gear into the Superior National Forest and look for numerous vistas, unique perspectives, cozy vignettes and macro work. With luck we may come across some forest critters as a bonus!   

Bring lunch, camera and gear; manual, all lenses, tripod, remote release, circular polarizer (if you have it), and rubber boots. Dress for the day.

About the Instructor: Ken Hupila has been chasing wildlife around and enjoying the outdoors in northern Minnesota for over 60 years. He took his first wildlife image in 1964 and has been working on his craft ever since.

Intro to Traditional Beading

$70

with Adeline Potts

Calendar Sep 21, 2018 at 12 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Traditional Beading - Han Athabascan Style
Fridays, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, 2018
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $60  Materials: $10

Adeline is offering this two-day class to beaders who are first-timers who would like to learn some basic techniques used by native women doing this beautiful beading. The classes are also open to beaders who have some experience and want to expand and strengthen their skills, learning more advanced techniques.

You will learn how to paint with beads, creating beautiful designs in the traditional style of the Han Athabascan people of Alaska. The beading will be done on a felt background, so you will be able to attach your finished piece to a purse, moccasin, shirt or other article of clothing or frame it for your home. Bring your favorite sewing tools; if you have none, they will be provided.

You will learn all the basics of beading, including the preferred tools and materials, how to choose beads, and various stitches to use. Adeline will provide a number of Han Athabascan designs for you to choose from, and you will have a chance to learn about the Han Athabascan culture.

About the instructor: Adeline Potts is a Native of Alaska of the Han Athabascan tribe. She has had extensive experience beading professionally, creating intricately-beaded wedding garments and beautiful Moosehide moccasins. Adeline enjoys teaching, passing on the traditional skills to others. She and her husband spent over 30 winters living off the land in the Alaskan wilderness, fishing, hunting and trapping.

Lacto- Fermentation Basics

$85

with Becky Gawboy

Calendar Sep 1, 2018 at 9 am

Saturday, September 1, 2018
9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Tuition: $80 Materials: $5

Learn the basics of lacto-fermentaton and create wonderful food full of probiotics. Students will learn about the history of this ancient food preservation method and how to preserve fresh vegetables, enhance the nutritional quality, explore a new variety of fermenting vessels and adapt equipment already in their kitchen.The Instructor will provide the fresh vegetables, salt and the seasonings. She will also provide a large variety of fermented food to sample. Class participants need only bring a half gallon or gallon glass jar and a quart zip lock bag. Each participant will bring home a jar of food ready to ferment.

About the instructor: Becky Gawboy has been doing extensive gardening/farming and preserving for many years.

Pine Needle Basketry

$60

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Sep 1, 2018 at 1 pm

Saturday, September 1, 2018
1:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $20

Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and pre-dates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles. We will discuss how to gather and prepare your own red pine needles from the lakes and woods around Ely. You'll take home your own woven pine needle basket.

About the Instructor:  Carolyn Quick has taught a variety of topics including high school English, music, several courses for the DNR, and has also been a field training officer for police officers. She is now retired with a background in law enforcement, finance and project management, and is most happy when in the woods.

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Pine Needle Basketry

$60

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Sep 11, 2018 at 1 pm

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
1:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $20

Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and pre-dates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles. We will discuss how to gather and prepare your own red pine needles from the lakes and woods around Ely. You'll take home your own woven pine needle basket.

About the Instructor:  Carolyn Quick has taught a variety of topics including high school English, music, several courses for the DNR, and has also been a field training officer for police officers. She is now retired with a background in law enforcement, finance and project management, and is most happy when in the woods.

Pine Needle Basketry

$60

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Sep 22, 2018 at 1 pm

Saturday, September 22, 2018
1:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $20

Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and pre-dates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles. We will discuss how to gather and prepare your own red pine needles from the lakes and woods around Ely. You'll take home your own woven pine needle basket.

About the Instructor:  Carolyn Quick has taught a variety of topics including high school English, music, several courses for the DNR, and has also been a field training officer for police officers. She is now retired with a background in law enforcement, finance and project management, and is most happy when in the woods.

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Wild Rice Harvesting

$100

with LynnAnne Vesper

Calendar Sep 1, 2018 at 8 am

Saturday, September 1, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $65  Materials: $35

This class is also offered on Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3.

We will spend a day harvesting wild rice from a local lake. Identification of the native plant, tips on how to recognize when it is ripe to harvest, and harvest methods will all be covered.  Participants will receive a proportional share of the wild rice harvested by the class, and you will gain enough knowledge to be able to continue harvesting wild rice on your own. 

Materials fee includes canoes, paddles, life vests, and harvesting tools, which will be provided by the instructor, as well as wild rice processing.  Participants will need to purchase a DNR wild rice harvesting license, which is available wherever fishing licenses are sold.  

About the instructor: LynnAnne Vesper has guided canoe and dogsled trips for over two decades, teaching all the skills needed to participants. She has taught with Elderhostel programs, the Swedish and French Voyageur summer youth programs, Corcordia Language Villages and Vermilion Community College.

 

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