Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Woman's Ojibway Paddle - 1929

The Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology BULLETIN 86 - Chippewa Customs (1929) has a nice image (Plate 53) and description of a woman's canoe paddle - crudely shaped from knotty wood.

The original caption
The specimen illustrated is a woman's canoe paddle (pl. 53, a) and is 4 feet 10 inches long, with blade 22 inches long and 4 1/4 inches wide. A man's paddle is usually heavier, longer, and of a somewhat different shape...

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