First in a series of 11 videos from the Jayhawk Institute describing how to make a traditional Northwest Coast Indian Canoe from a cedar tree or log. The Canoe Legacy Project provides insights into both traditional and modern techniques of how to shape, carve and steam (spread) the cedar log into an elegant seaworthy canoe. A Salish style canoe, typically used on the quiet waters of The Salish Sea (incl. Puget Sound) was chosen for the project.
Lewis and Clark, after traveling over 500 miles down the Snake and Columbia Rivers in crude log dugouts, commented on the superior quality of the Native Indian Canoes they encountered on the Lower Columbia in 1805-06. In fact, they so highly valued the canoes that they stole one from the Chinooks to make their return journey as they did not have anything of value to trade for it. Recently, descendants of Clark returned a replica of the stolen canoe to make amends.
The NW Coast Canoe Video series is supported and partially funded by the Suquamish, Port Gamble S'Klallam and Puyallup Tribes.
The Suquamish Museum has a 300 year-old Salish Style Canoe on display, in addition to many other Salish cultural art and artifacts.
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