Eighth 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.
It would be rare to find a 'perfect" tree or log free from defects and the spreading process usually causes structural issues that require attention. Studies of earlier canoes show a variety of repairs and design features that required adding or replacing portions of the canoe. While today's tools and technology were used on this project, the end result is the same...to make the canoe more structurally sound and functional.
A variety of hand tools and expertise by experienced carvers is required. No wonder Lewis and Clark marveled at the detailed workmanship compared to the crude log dugouts they made.
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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