The Canoes of British Guiana

By Maud D. Brindley, published May 1924

Abstract

Opening with a description of the ‘dugouts’, ‘buckshells’ and ‘woodskins’ of Guiana, this paper continues with an overview of other indigenous watercraft of South America, with some comment on cultural influences. A map is offered showing the distribution of various types, including the ‘pelota’, a circular hide-covered boat, the ‘balsa’, constructed of bundles of reeds, the ‘montaria’, a craft built of five planks, and the ‘jangada’, a type of log raft. (The author calls the ‘jangada’ a ‘catamaran’, but appears to have in mind the kattu-maram of Sri Lanka, which are indeed log rafts.)

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways | Other (location)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Miscellaneous

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