Ancient records of canoes are found from the Pacific Northwest to the coast of Maine, in Minnesota and Mexico, in the Southeast, and across the Caribbean. And if a native of those distant times might
Ancient records of canoes are found from the Pacific Northwest to the coast of Maine, in Minnesota and Mexico, in the Southeast, and across the Caribbean. And if a native of those distant times might encounter a canoe of our day—whether birch bark or dugout or a modern marvel made of carbon fiber—its silhouette would be instantly recognizable.
This is the story of that singular American artifact, so little changed over time: of canoes, old and new, the people who made them, and the labors and adventures they shared.
With features of technology, industry, art, and survival, the canoe carries us deep into the natural and cultural history of North America.
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"Organized around a canoe's building materials (birch bark, wood, metal) and uses (the fur trade, modern recreation), this richly illustrated history will entrance any, and they are many, who have taken a paddle in hand. Written by avid canoeists, it begins with the finely crafted, versatile Native American vessels that so impressed colonizing Europeans with their perfect suitability to navigating the rivers and lakes of North America. The new arrivals, especially the French, adapted the canoe to the tasks of exploration and trade with Indian tribes."