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Now you can learn the secrets of the past in this full two-hour DVD packed with ancient knowledge and wisdom. How did native peoples make their light, strong,and durable birch bark canoes? This new DVD shows you step-by-step how they did it, and how you can do it, too. You can watch as wilderness skills expert Jim Miller gathers all the materials he needs, and shapes them into the parts and pieces of a beautiful canoe. You will learn about early technology, art, nature, wood-working, native traditions, and more. How to Make Your Own Birch Bark Canoe is an engaging presentation of value to individual hobbyists, families looking for something different to do together, school shop classes, youth groups, or historical societies. Building your own bark canoe is not expensive, but it takes time. That is why bark canoes cost thousands of dollars, if you can even find one for sale. The value of using one you make yourself is priceless.
This book, published by the Smithsonian Institution Press, is the most extensive collection of information on native boats of North America. Appeals to craftsman and canoe enthusiasts, as well as anyone interested in historic cultures and Native American studies. 242 Page, softcover.
The bark canoes of the First Nations - Native Americans, particularly those of birchbark, were highly developed watercraft. They could transport heavy loads in shallow streams, but were light enough to be hauled long distances over land. Built with primitive tools and natural materials, their design, size, and appearance were adapted for many conditons. Early European settlers also used the native-made craft for traveling through the wilderness. The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America book combines historical accounts with instructions for craftsmen. Author Edwin Tappan Adney, born in 1868, devoted his life to studying canoes and was practically the sole scholar in his field. His papers and research were preserved by the Smithsonian Institution, and illustrated with black-and-white line drawings, diagrams, and photos.
The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America provides measurements, detailed drawings, and construction methods for canoes from Newfoundland to the Pacific Ocean, as well as umiaks and kayaks from the Arctic.