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See Why Canoeing Is a Beautiful Way to Connect with Nature

In the province of Ontario, Canada, the tradition and culture of the canoe has been passed down through generations. Explore how this ancient vessel reveals the strength of the human spirit in this poetic excerpt from Goh Iromoto's The Canoe. His captivating ode weaves together the stories of five paddlers to underscore how the canoe can be a vessel for deep spiritual connection with nature.

Watch the full film on Vimeo, follow Goh Iromoto on Instagram and use the hashtag #PaddleON. Music composed by Andrew Seistrup.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.