Monday, November 3, 2008

Mi'kmaq Bark Canoe

Todd "Waterdancer" Labrador is a seventh generation Mi'kmaq who builds birch bark canoes in his native tradition. Mi'kmaq canoes have a very unique design, included very blunt, rounded ends, a lack of a stempiece or headboard support, and a tendancy to use continuous lashing around a single round gunwale. It's interesting to see all the various tribal adaptations to the basic design of the bark canoe.

Adney's plan for a Mi'kmaq Canoe

Setting the ribs

Finished hull with continuous lashing

Upright paddling

More of Todd's creations can be seen at

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