The goal of Angler’s Quest on the Hoh River is to work with 18 inner city youth and six veterans of the greater Portland area by introducing the sport of fly fishing, educating and sharing the importance of conservation, navigation, and entomology along the riverbanks. The two and a half day event will be in collaboration with specific partnering youth organizations including City of Vancouver Parks & Recreation, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Momentum Alliance.
August 1- 15 2015
Location: Kenai River, Alaska
Total Participants: 28
Summary: The goal of the Cross-Cultural Expedition 2015 is to expose and educate 14 youth and seven veterans from the Portland-metro area to an indigenous culture that relies heavily on the natural world and wildlife for sustenance and sustainability. This is designed to have balance between both worlds therefore we will pair up each Portland- metro youth with an Alaskan youth so they can learn from one another. The expedition will be heavily organized in collaboration with the US Fish & Wildlife Service team in Alaska. We will provide a variety of structured workshops throughout each day that will be teaching a variety of topics such as but not limited to fly fishing casting, entomology, cultural awareness and education, conservation/environmental issues, and careers in the STEM subject areas. This is budgeted for ten days but should be no shorter than seven days.
One “iron” is U.S. veterans transitioning into society post-war in hopes that they will find peace and comfort in the healing waters. The other “iron” is community youth transitioning from a troubled past seeking alternative methods of healing by embarking into the outdoors, joining conservation efforts, and gaining a new respect for Mother Nature. Both veterans and youth have similar trials – whether it’s literal war or a war of his/her own, struggling with street life, drugs, and gangs. By merging these two groups together, they’ll have the opportunity to mentor, learn from one another, and teach through their challenges.
Sierra Club and Soul River Inc. collaborates New Currents, Outdoors as a “leadership team” – teaching and integrating fly fishing, fly tying, casting, entomology, practicing catch-and-release, white water rafting, and river navigation. Our ultimate goal is not just to teach, but to also provide opportunity for relationships to establish between a soldier and a teenager.
“Spoken Word” is a dynamic conceptual approach to Poetry recently adopted by Soul River to communicate the fashion forward artistic brand drawing inspiration from the outdoors to the urban streets.The term “spoken word” was first originated from the Harlem Renaissance to explain the new artistic expression coming out of the postmodern art movement. This type of performance art is word based and often mixed experimentally with other art forms such as music, theater, and dance. For many years, culture has been communicated by great writers and storytellers, sharing legends, myths, and fables around campfires. While history is no longer communicated this way, the art of storytelling is still very much alive from educational institutions to underground cafes and hidden lounges. Storytelling has also evolved from simple stories to expressive art influenced by their environment speaking to politics, crime, race, religion, culture, and in many circles, fly fishing. Throughout history, many of the world’s greatest literary artists wrote and spoke about fly fishing. Mark Twain, Jim Harrison, Pam Houston, Thomas McGuane, Ron Cordes, Gary LaFontaine, John Gierach, and many others tell their stories in the context of fly fishing.
Conservation – Consciousness Runs Deep from Soul River on Vimeo.
Soul River challenges traditional media by embracing the unconventional with their production of Conservation – Consciousness Runs Deep. Created and written by creative director Chad Brown, Conservation captures modern urban mythology with the message of consciousness and awareness of responsibility we have as urban dwellers and environmental protectors.
This short film mixes art, mythology, music, and poetry to provide a fresh perspective through the personal lens of environmental justice and the outdoors inspired by the sport fly fishing. In this film, a young man goes through his life in the city and morphs with his consciousness by the guidance of a Naiad. Conservation provides a breath of fresh air from a young, urban, and hip approach and inspires our consciousness to run deep and become ambassadors of the outdoors.
Thanks to all Sponsors : Oakley, SIMMS, The Freshwater Trust, Northwestern Exposure, Hatch Outdoors, Korkers, Sierra Club, Groundwork Portland, Airflo