Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Historic Illustration - Iroquois Elm Canoe and Paddles

League of the Ho-dé-no-sau-nee or Iroquois, the work of Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881) has sketches of typical Iroquoian artifacts ranging from clothing to weapons to baskets. Volume III includes a write up on the elm bark canoes used by this tribe as well as an illustration.

Elm Bark Canoe

The image dates from 1849 and clearly illustrates the crimped bark of this type of craft, equipped with paddles for a crew of six. Some of the paddles have the decorations on them, simple cross hatched patterns with other carved figures, likely the personal marks of the owner. Here are some closeups.

Marked Paddles - Man with staff/club?

Horse Decoration?

1 comment:

Mike said...

Great info as usual....good to see something on Iroquois canoes, especially elm bark

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