Building a Birch Bark Canoe

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  1. Ahnkochee

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    Excellent video. Thanks.

    The Canadian Film Board also puts out a lot of native/heritage skills stuff. I'm pretty sure they have their own youtube channel you can search.
     
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    I've often wondered what the lie span of those canoes were. I suppose it would depend on frequency of use and general care, like anything else, but it would be nice to get an idea. Clearly, the native peoples produced them on a continuous basis, but were they strictly utility built or was there a family heirloom extension to building these beautiful boats. All of the materials used can last a very long time before becoming to brittle to be of any useful structural advantage.
     
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    I've watched this before it's inspirational
     
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    One method of storing was to sink it for the winter, best stored wet, filled with water and a few rocks. Kind of put storage for the winter into another perspective. Here is a birch bark canoe that was kept under cover. The owner had passed on and we were tasked to bring it out.


    And how we moved it
     
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    I recall seeing the film's @Seeker mentioned in school. Old reel to reel projectors. If I recall correctly. The frames lasted a long time with proper care. The ability to find skin and glue material anywhere. Meant you could travel anywhere you found birch and water.
     
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    Here's a couple more interesting videos on the subject:

     
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    That was extremely interesting! Good Sunday afternoon viewing.
     
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