The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America
Smithsonian Institution, 1964 - Canoes and canoeing - 242 pages
The birch bark canoes of the North American Indians were among the most advanced watercraft of their age. They could be used to carry heavy loads in shallow streams but were light enough to be hauled long distances over land. Built with Stone Age tools, their design, size, and appearance varied to suit the requirements of their users. Upon arrival in North America, European settlers began using the native-made craft for traveling through the wilderness, and many of today's modern canoes are based on these age-old designs. Illustrated with black-and-white line drawings, diagrams, and photos, this fascinating guide explores the development of the canoes, their role in history, the materials and tools used to make them, their form and fabrication, regional differences in design and construction, and more. Anyone interested in canoes or the skills of Native Americans will find this book as illuminating as it is important. Book jacket.
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Howard Chapelle gathered up Adney's notes and organized them into a book on kayaks. He then appended two chapters on skin boats to make this the definitive book on portable native watercraft. I say ... Read full review
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