Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Historic Penobscot & Maliseet Paddle Photos

A while back, paddle maker Luc Poitras sent me some wonderful historic images of Wabanaki styled paddles. The one below is an photo of Penobscot Chief Peter N. Tuester and another (unidentified) person holding some slender paddles.  These tall slender paddles look reminiscent of the collection from the facebook page of the Passamaquoddy Cultural Heritage Museum  posted about here.





Luc also sent me some pics dating to 1903 of William H. Ganong and his canoe mate, Arthur H Pierce on the portage trail to the Miramichi River, New Brunswick. Both photos have fantastic views of their paddles with distinctive roll top, flattened grips, no doubt influenced by the native Maliseet culture of the region.


Arthur Henry Pierce -  August 1903
Portage to the Northwest Miramichi River, Northumberland County, New Brunswick



Dr. William Francis Ganong -  August 1903
Portage to the Northwest Miramichi River, Northumberland County, New Brunswick



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