Montreal's McCord Museum has a fantastic collection of native items, including some beautifully made full-sized and model-scale paddles. The site allows you to zoom on the images and get a virtual tour of some of the collection. One such piece is a late 19th century Maliseet or Passamaquoddy paddle with a painted scroll pattern on the blade. Clicking on the pic below will send you to the info page on the Museum's site with more details
I'm an avid canoeist and general "outdoorsy type" guy with a bit of an artistic side. Recently started this hobby of making custom canoe paddles after my disappointing experience with most commercial brands. This site documents various styles of single blade canoe paddles I've made or researched as well as other canoe related info I've stumbled across on my internet wanderings. Hope you enjoy your visit.