In particular, the chapter on New Brunswick features a section detailing two "Melicite" (i.e. Maliseet) guides running a fishing trip on the Tobique river. Page 765 features lovely illustrations of the guides poling their birchbark canoes upriver and then returning downstream by paddle..
"Poling up and paddling down"
Difficult to spot, but the seated paddler in the background canoe seems to be grasping his paddle in the more indigenous method (along the shaft) that can be seen better in this image closeup...
Page 776 has a wonderful scene of one guide carving a pole with a crooked knife while his tarp and overturned canoe form a shelter in the background. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect standing dead spruce to carve another pole from but can image a peaceful scene like this.
"Making New Pole for Canoe"
As an extra bit of current inspiration, check out Luke McNair's wonderfully illustrated article "Poling a Canoe" now online at TheAdventurer.ca. The exciting photos in the piece show Luke poling, snubbing and even surfing ocean waves! Included in the article is a shot of Luke calmly carving a a wooden pole with his mocotaugan in a scene reminiscent of the above sketch...
Photo by Luke McNair
March 9, 2016 - TheAdventurer.ca