Penobscot Birch Bark Canoe

American Section

By: G.B.G.

Originally Published in 1910

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Mr. John L. Hammer has presented to the Museum a birch bark canoe made by the Penobscot Indians in Maine. The canoe, which is in a perfect state of preservation, is made from a single piece of bark without a break or a defect in any part. This is rather remarkable considering that the canoe is twenty feet in length. It is a fine example of the Eastern Algonquian art of canoe building, which has so long served as the white man’s model in his construction of canoes. The lines of this specimen are beautiful, and the way in which it is built gives a fine idea of the ingenuity and skill of the Indian craftsman.

G. B. G.

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G.B.G.,. "Penobscot Birch Bark Canoe." The Museum Journal I, no. 1 (June, 1910): 12-13. Accessed February 21, 2024.

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