Canoe Model with Dolls - 1780 - 1820
The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
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This model canoe with its accompanying dolls and accessories was the product of French Canadian nuns and Abenaki or Huron converts working together in a thriving cottage industry in Montreal and Quebec. Many of the items they made were sent back to Europe either as gifts to Catholic churches in France or to fill the curio cabinets of Europe’s elite.
Paddle Decoration Closeup
Similar souvenir based canoe models traced back to Quebec nuns and First Nation artisans are the model at the CMC, the Farquharson Model sold at auction in 2005, the Chartres Canoe Model and the Neuchatel model. The decorations on the paddles all give a clue to the style of paddle art being made at the time.