Estonian Ministry of Culture Supports Initiative “Soomaa Dugout Canoe Tradition to UNESCO!”

On November 14, Estonian Ministry of Culture expressed support for the proposal by the Estonian Dugout Canoe Society (MTÜ Eesti Haabjaselts) and URALIC Centre for Indigenous Peoples (MTÜ Põlisrahvaste arengu keskus) to nominate the dugout building tradition of Soomaa region into the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.  As a next Read More …

Soomaa Dugout Canoe to UNESCO!

Estonian Dugout Canoe Society NGO (MTÜ Eesti Haabjaselts) and URALIC Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Development (MTÜ Põlisrahvaste Arengu Keskus) submitted on October 10 a letter to Mr. Indrek Saar, Estonia’s Minister of Culture, with a request to support the nomination of Soomaa dugout canoe building tradition into the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Read More …

Dugout-Canoe Workshops

You are welcome to join our dugout canoe workshops in 2015. Haabjas is Estonian term for traditional dugout canoes, made os Aspen (Populus tremula) – haab in Estonian. This type of boats, the use and building has survived as living culture in villages of Soomaa national park. We think that the reason for survival of Read More …

Dugout Canoes attend Maritime Festivals

Traditional dugout canoes of Soomaa (called “haabjas” in estonian) are attending couple of maritime festivals in July. On the second weekend “Sea Fest” will take place on Kihnu island. Week later Tallinna Maritime Days are celebrated in the Capital of Estonia. Come and meet us, and try how it is to paddle a dugout canoe! Read More …

ПРЕСС-РЕЛИЗ: Призыв из Эстонии “Финно-угорская лодка-долблёнка в ЮНЕСКО”

Эстонское общество лодок-долблёнок и Центр развития коренных народов 10 октября 2018 года обратились к Министру культуры Эстонской Республики Индреку Саару с предложением включить лодку-долблёнку региона Соомаа в список нематериального культурного наследия ЮНЕСКО. Одной из из причин этого обращения является значимость долблёнок для многих финно-угорских народов. Вхождение эстонской долблёнки в список ЮНЕСКО поможет сохранению значимости долблёных Read More …

Travel writer Catherine Mack in Soomaa

We had a great pleasure to host travel writer Catherine Mack in Soomaa. Catherine is specialising in responsible travel, and is the winner of the Virgin Holidays Best Travel Writer in Responsible Tourism Award 2011. During her visit to Soomaa national park in 7.-12. septembril she went to bogshoeing and canoeing trip, participated in duguot canoe Read More …