British Columbia Indian Dug-Out Canoes

By F.V. Longstaff, published August 1930



The cedar dug-out canoes of the north-west coast are works of art, both as regards lines and decoration, riding very dry in a heavy sea even with only 2 or 3 inches of freeboard. There are two main types, which can be roughly divided into: a northern one with both the bow and stern raised and projecting over the water; and a southern type, with a vertical stern and projecting bow. The process of manufacture is much the same in both types, and it should be borne in mind that, at the time of Captain Cook, only stone or shell cutting implements were used in the work.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Leisure & Small Craft | Ship Models & Figureheads | Whaling & Fishing

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