Category: Northwest Coast Canoes

Masterfully-designed canoes of many sizes and forms were made on the Pacific Northwest coast of North America. They were the main form of transportation for the indigenous people of the area until long after European colonisation. In recent years, the craft of canoe-making has been revived, and a few have been built by a number of the native nations. Like those made in traditional times, they have proved eminently seaworthy.

Book on Northwest Coast Canoes Features Nuu-chah-nulth Stories

A new book showcasing the historical views and development of canoes as well as contemporary stories featuring canoes has been published. Alan L. Hoover, a retired curator and manager at the Royal British Columbia Museum co-authored Northwest Coast Canoes of Indigenous North America, which was released in December 2020. Hoover collaborated on the book with retired researcher and author Eugene

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Sacred Journey: An artistic look at the Pacific Northwest’s canoe culture

Born in Bella Bella and based in Vancouver, Hall is one of three artists working on the exhibit — itself an extension of a larger initiative to explore and celebrate the symbolism, culture and importance of the ocean canoe to the Heiltsuk and other First Nations along the coast of the Pacific Northwest. Read More at The Yorkton This Week

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Canoes of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest

The First Nations people of the Northwest Coast are renowned for their elegantly engineered canoes. Ranging in length from three to twenty metres, canoes were essential for travel, transport, hunting, and trade. Different coastal communities developed distinctive styles to suit their particular needs. Each canoe is made from a single cedar log, carved and steamed into shape. Haida canoes were

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