Dancing for wapato


Filmed by my friend Tony Deis, founder of TrackersNW

Wapato was once a staple starch food of indigenous people in the Pacific Northwest. The fun way to get it is to dance in the water, loosening the muck it grows in to send the bulbs floating to the surface. This is the technique my friends from TrackersNW and I used, and we had a blast. Emily Porter dubbed it the “wapato shimmy.”

Wetsuits were generously loaned to us for free by Portland’s Next Adventure outdoor store, which sells used wetsuits for $35!

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