Birch bark canoes, built with no nails, screws, or glue are the most traditional of canoes. This account of building a 25ft. birch bark canoe details the process of building a birch bark canoe in the 21st century.
In the Fall of 2009, five friends ventured north, to the deep blue waters of Lake Temagami with the plan of building a birch bark canoe, or two. This movie depicts the hardships and triumphs that were encountered while building a 25 foot birch bark canoe. In total, over 4000 man hours were dedicated to Shish-Can Chiman, the name of the canoe pays tribute to to the area where much of the material was gathered. This account showcases the three steps to building a birch bark canoe, Gathering the materials, preparing the materials and finally the construction of the canoe. The final scenes show Voyages of Rediscovery using birch bark canoes to facilitate Educational Expeditions on the Columbia River.
All music preformed live by the Oatmeal Assassins!
Built by: Eliza Wicks-Arshack, Xander Demetrios, Peter Bruno, John Zinser and Adam Wicks-Arshack
We hope you enjoy this film. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to send them to info@VoyagesofRediscovery.org.