A report on a West coast whaling canoe reconstructed at Port Renfrew, B.C.: R64-81/1975-5E-PDF

"The following report describes the construction of a moderately large West Coast or "Nootka" canoe of red cedar from observations at Port Renfrew, B.C., in 1973-74, supplementing other descriptions of the art of canoe carving and documenting the particular example built for the National Historic Parks and Sites Branch, Parks Canada, for eventual display at Friendly Cove. A brief overview of the Northwest Coast canoe styles places the West Coast canoe in area perspective. Construction description covers materials, tools and technical procedures, both as manifested in the project and as recalled by the builders, Charles Jones, Sr., hereditary chief of the local Pachena tribe, and George Louie, Sr., from Ahousat. Canoe usage is described from recollections and other sources since cedar dugouts have passed out of existence except in the specialized form of the modern racing canoes and the increasingly rare modified fishing boats without the high traditional head pieces at the ends. Lastly, the Port Renfrew whaling canoe reconstruction project is briefly evaluated as an instance of material culture study in ethnology"--Abstract, p. 5

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Department/Agency Parks Canada. National Historic Parks and Sites Branch.
Title A report on a West coast whaling canoe reconstructed at Port Renfrew, B.C.
Series Title History and archaeology = Histoire et archéologie ;
Publication Type Series - View Master Record
Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
Format Electronic
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Note Historical publication digitized 2016 from print. Issued also in French under title: Rapport sur la construction d'une pirogue baleinière de la Côte Ouest à Port Renfrew (C.-B.).
Date 1975.
Number of Pages 157 p. :
Catalogue Number
  • R64-81/1975-5E-PDF
Departmental Catalogue Number QS-7011-005-BB-A1
Subject Terms Shipbuilding, Whaling