Thursday, November 30, 2017

Historic Paddle Photo: McCord Algonkian Bark canoe & paddles

Here's a circa 1870 photo of a hunter's camp in the collection of the McCord Museum...

Mealtime, Hunters' Shanty, Wild Lake, North of Chatham, QC, before 1865
Alexander Henderson (1831-1913)
Numéro D'accessionMP-1968.31.1.162
Gift of E. Dorothy Benson

Tricky to spot, but on the far right is a collection of paddles leaning against a brace. The photo captures the single blade shape as well as the grip profiles

Paddle Closeup

The particular flattened grip shape is similar to the paddles recorded in figure 102 of Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America.
Figure 102:  Têtes de Boule  paddle. 

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