The Canoe: An Illustrated History
|A fascinating historical and cultural examination of the canoe in
North American culture.
| There is hardly a river or a lake in North America that was not
first seen by natives and Europeans alike from the gunwale of a canoe. Dugout,
bark craft and skin canoes, used in aboriginal North America, coureur canoes
used by French colonists and the cane and wood crafts used by the Spanish
explorers were all used for travel, exploration, trading and hunting for
decades before the invention of the train or motorboat.
| In The Canoe: An Illustrated History, Jim Poling explores
the relationship between North Americans and the canoe as it evolved from being
a tool for survival and exploration to its modern-day place as a recreational
watercraft, an Olympic sporting event and a work of skilled craftsmenship. With
engaging historical accounts of the first canoeists, detailed explanations of
boat building - a craft that is still very much alive today - and more than 80
illustrations and photographs, the idea of the canoe and the role it has played
in shaping North American culture is explored in fascinating detail.
Written by Jim Poling, Sr. Published by Key Porter Books, 2000.
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