Friday, February 26, 2021

Antique Woodland Paddle (Nova Scotia)

Here's another antique paddle showcased by Cisco's Gallery advertised as a "Native Carved Canoe Paddle" from Nova Scotia.

Item Number: M579
Native Carved Canoe Paddle
SIZE: 74" Blade 5"
PERIOD: First half 19th Century
ORIGIN: Nova Scotia, Canada

The upper portion of the blade features crudely carved initials...

For comparison, see the a similarly shape "Northeast Woodlands" paddle  found in the collection of The Museum Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology) in the Netherlands.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Huronia Land Conservancy & 2021 PADDLING Film Festival


The annual Paddling Film Festival showcases the very best paddling films of the year. Now in its 16th year, the festival celebrates the wild and the people who appreciate it through canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding.

For 2021, as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions on public gatherings, they've adapted the the typical theatre screenings of their planned 130+ city tour. This year local hosts will offer virtual online streaming programs through the purchase of a digital ticket. For $15 US, one can purchase a digital key for films either in the "Adventure", "Adrenaline" or "Culture" categories which permit a three day rental of the films in each section. 

One such local host is the Huronia Land Conservancy, a non-profit, charitable organization committed to the long-term protection of natural and/or cultural heritage in the historic Huronia district of Ontario. Through Land Trust agreements, the HLC works to acquire and protect land and preserve it in its natural state in perpetuity. 

Here is a message from the Huron Land Conservancy regarding the partnership with the film festival.

" In partnership with Paddling magazine, the Festival's sponsor, HLC is making these films available to you through the purchase of this key. A percentage of the proceeds will accrue to the Conservancy and all those proceeds will go to further its work, which currently is focusing on the acquisition of two properties. Your ticket price will not only welcome you to the world of paddling, it will be of invaluable assistance to the HLC. Thank you for your support."

For those who are looking for something to break the monotony of our current Covid lockdown, this could be a welcome event with a Charitable cause. The digital key ticket can be purchased at the following link:

You are also eligible for an additional 10% off by using the following code:  HURONIALANDCONSERVANCY10

Monday, February 8, 2021

Full sized Ungava Cree paddle - 1884

The Smithsonian has a remarkable sample of an Naskapi Cree (Innu) paddle from Ungava collected during Lucien M. Turner's expedition to the region in 1884. The resulting 1894 publication Ethnology of the Ungava district, Hudson Bay Territory unfortunately didn't include sketches of this paddle. The grip features a pointed, bulbous tip with the blade featuring the typical decorative elements of bars and dots.

Ungava Cree (Naspaki Innu) canoe paddle
Collector(s): Turner, L. M.
District/County: Ungava Bay, Quebec
Catalog Number: E90136-0
Accession Date: 9 Jan 1884
Accession Number: 013922

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