a birchbark canoe


Cesar's Bark Canoe/Cesar et son Canoe d'ecorce
National Film Board of Canada, 1993
Order number: C 0371 074
This excellent 57 minute film with text in Cree, French and English follows 67 year old Cesar Newashish as he builds a canoe. Here's the NFB's Web site where you can order it.
How to Make a Birch Bark Canoe
The Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre, 1993
This is an amateurish, 20 minute video of Indians doing some of the steps in building a birchbark canoe. Many steps are left out without explanation and the final stages are done on a model canoe but the video is still interesting.
  Building an Algonquin Birchbark Canoe
Trust for Native American Cultures and Crafts, 1984

Earl's Canoe
Features Earl Nyholm (Ojibway) building a traditional high-ended Ojibway canoe on Madeline Island in Lake Superior, a few miles offshore from Ashland, WI, in the summer of 1997.
Available from Documentary Educational Resources, 101 Morse St., Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 926-0491

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