Reviving a paddling culture
The Shinnecock Indian Nation are a beautiful people located on the eastern end of Long Island. They are a coastal tribe that have existed in this area for over 10,000 years. Historically the Shinnecock were expert paddlers. They would paddle up in Shinnecock Bay, up and down the Atlantic coast and along the North Sea. They would even hunt for whales in long dug out canoe's to provide sustenance for their community.
Over the years the paddling culture has died down but there is an effort to revive it. With the help of many of you, Eastwoods has been able to donate several canoes, paddles and life vests to the tribe. There is now an annual canoe race that Eastwoods sponsors, and the community has a growing fleet of canoes. Water is Life!