Friday, October 6, 2017

Musee Civilisation de Quebec Paddles

The Musee de la Civilisation de Quebec (MCQ) has recently updated their web interface and online  database and they have some wonderful, full-sized paddles in their collection. The database required searching using the French words "pagaie" and "aviron" but revealed some antique designs of various tribal affiliations.

Abenaki Paddle
Mid 19th Century
 162.7 cm x 14.6cm

Huron Wendat
 159.2 cm x 11.7 cm

Lac St. Jean Innu
Inscription painted in dark beige and red:
160.5 cm x 9.0cm

Mid 19th Century
 170.2 cm x 16.7cm 

One unusual design is a square bladed Mi'kmaq paddle with different thickened shaft design at the midpoint, presumably to increase strength.

Square tip Mi'kmaq
Mid 19th Century
 145.0 cm x 13.8 cm

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