Maligiaq Padilla

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Maligiaq Johnsen Padilla (pronounced muh-LIG-ee-ahk YOON-sen pa-DEE-uh) is a Greenlander (Maligiaq means 'medium-sized wave' in Greenlandic) and a famous kayaker known for his skill with the sea kayak.[1] In 1995, at the age of 13, he won every event in his age group at the National Kayaking Championship.

History[edit]

Born in the United States to an American father and Greenland Inuit mother, Juliane Padilla (née Johnsen),[2] he returned to Greenland at the age of 3 where he was raised in the western coastal town of Sisimiut.[1][3] Padilla's grandfather, Peter Johnsen,[2] taught him much of what he knows. A skilled kayaker in his own right, Johnsen taught Padilla how to kayak, how to build the boats and how to hunt using a harpoon and rifle.[3] Included in his training were open-ocean skills and traditional kayak building skills.[1] Kayaks built by Padilla are housed at the Greenland National Museum, the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.[3]

In 2010 Padilla moved to Alaska where he is working to revive traditional kayaking culture. He and wife Elizabeth Saagulik Hensley, an Inupiat attorney, have two children.[4]

Padilla is the only person in history to win four Greenland National Kayaking Championships, winning his first title at 16.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Revivalist – Maligiaq Padilla". http://www.canoekayak.com. CanoeKayak. February 1, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Sealskin sprayshirt (akuilisaq)". http://www.britishmuseum.org. British Museum. 2001. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Moeller, Karina (November 2013). "The humble revivalist Maligiaq". http://greenlandtoday.com/gb/. greenland today. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ Kerns, Chris (May 2012). "Unfiltered: Maligiaq Johnsen Padilla". http://www.canoekayak.com. CanoeKayak. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ Holthouse, David (January 8, 2010). "Hope floats, and rolls". http://www.adn.com. Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved February 28, 2015.