Monday, July 13, 2020

Historic Paddle Photo: Huron Regalia and Canoe Postcard

A recently sold postcard from Ebay showcases a Lorette-Huron native dressed in regalia and posing next to an overturned canoe.

The printed caption on the card reads, "QUEBEC - Indian Lorette-Huron and his birch bark Canoe", but the clean lines of the hull have no gore marks visible and the even surface makes it look like it is actually a cedar canvas hull. A handwritten note on the cover marks the date as September 1, 1912.

The paddle with its narrow blade and distinct ridge is a reflection of the paddle making tradition in the region.

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