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LMRD #796 ~~ Wednesday, Sept 16, 2020
Today at 4pm CST live from Clarksdale, Miss

~Canoe Anatomy~

The Canoe Spirit Comes to Life!

Please join us at 4pm for today's LIVE BEAM session

Thanks to the support of our wonderful partners Walter Anderson Museum of Art, the Lower Mississippi River Foundation and the Mississippi Arts Commission, we will draw back the curtain and reveal the inner workings of the canoe, what makes a dug-out tick and guide us through the surgical operations of just how we’ll be working together to truly bring Grandfather Cypress to life!

As we all share our reflections, ideas, and visions, you just never know what (or who!) we’ll discover- and that is indeed the beauty of our journey! See y’all there!!

Session will be live today at 4pm CST as a Facebook event, and then later archived on vimeo. Click HERE for signup and viewing. Or cut & paste the below link:

BEAM = Backyard Expeditions Arkansas Mississippi

August 2020 Session #1 Now on Vimeo:

BEAM Intro: Meet Our Dug-Outs!

BEAM Session 1: The Spirit of the Tree


View on Facebook and see comments:
Facebook Live Stream (Archived):

Grandfather Cypress: the spirit of this stately, mature cypress is leading us in our quest to find and share the skills to survive in the New World! BEAM-ing 13 sessions in 10 months, 2020-2021. No charge, open to all.

We chose a cyress tree in our backyard... what trees are in yours?

~~~Your Turn~~~

Please share with us, in an email reply to
1) What kind of trees do you have in your back yard?
2) And which would you chose for a dugout canoe?
3) and why that tree?


BEAM = Backyard Expeditions Arkansas Mississippi

Our BEAM Partners include:

Lower Mississippi River Foundation is dedicated to promoting stewardship of the Lower and Middle Mississippi River through deep engagement.


Mississippi Arts Commission invests in our state’s makers through a variety of grant programs supporting nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and individual artists. Through the arts, diverse communities of all sizes can better identify shared values, create vibrant public spaces, and enhance the effectiveness of schools. The arts also attract visitors who leave with a strong, positive image of Mississippi. Fostering excellence in the arts provides the inspiration to generate a higher quality of life for all citizens.


The Walter Anderson Museum of Art inspires discovery, imagination, and community-building on the Gulf Coast and beyond through programs, exhibitions, and outreach; and embodies Walter Anderson’s vision for societies in harmony with their environments. "Our mission is to empower lifelong curiosity and connection to the natural world through the art of Walter Anderson and kindred artists."


1Mississippi River Citizen Program: River Citizens are people who want to clean up and protect America’s greatest River. Whether in armchairs or wading boots, River Citizens protect the River by speaking up on its behalf and caring for it in simple ways that make a big difference. Together, we can protect the River for future generations. Take the first step today and sign up for free as a River Citizen at 1Mississippi, can the River count on you?"


Balance, Diversity, Democracy

Quapaw Canoe Company core values are balance, diversity, and democracy, which all derive from our experience paddling big canoes on the big waters of North America. Balance is exemplified by the passage of our canoes. Everything we do is about keeping even keel. To do otherwise is dangerous to our health and well-being. Pandemic and police brutality are symptoms of the imbalance we seek to counteract in our services and work as canoe builders, guides & outfitters. Other imbalances include species loss, global warming, and loss of wild places. Diversity for us includes all peoples and all creatures great and small. We have always created equal access for all. Our staff reflects our regional demographics, around 60% Black and 40% White. Since 1998 we have made it our mission to make sure all communities found along the Lower Mississippi River enjoy equal access to the wonders of the big river, and the life changing experience of the wilderness. Our adventures practice the best qualities of Democracy. Everyone in the big canoe sets aside their differences and paddles together for the good of the whole. We believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Inherent in life is the right to breathe clean air, the right to drink clean water, the right to eat good food, and the right to live in healthy shelter, in healthy communities.