Bark Skin And Cedar: Exploring the Canoe in Canadian Experience

Paperback | March 13, 2000

byJames Raffan

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Bark, Skin and Cedar is an intelligent and grand exploration of that great Canadian icon-the canoe. From the graceful birch bark vessels of the Micmac Indians to the wide and sturdy Haida dugouts, from the canvas-covered Chestnut Prospector to the sleek dragon racing boats, the fragile but powerful craft defines our history and our culture in a myriad of ways.

James Raffan takes us on a canoe tripping journey: we are transported back in time to the notion of the canoe as a luminal vehicle, bearing the human spirit from one world to another; we are there at the Lachine Rapids, where Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain learned to paddle canoes, so different from their sea-faring vessels; we explore the canoe trip as a reflection of a heroic quest and the craft as a cradle or womb out of which love and new life will grow; and we investigate the canoe as a rich muse for our artists and profitable inspiration for our advertisers. Along the way we meet some of the canoe’s most ardent and colorful paddlers: Governor George Simpson, Frances Ann Hopkins, Edwin Tappan Adney, Eric Morse, Pierre Trudeau, Bill Mason and Kirk Wipper.With its fresh and unique blend of canoe history, legend, insight and imagination presented in an attractive gift book format, Bark, Skin and Cedar will capture a large and enthusiastic reading audience.

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"Land of silver birch, home of the beaver..." Almost any kid who goes to camp knows the thrill of canoeing and the famous camp song. Canoeing is and was an integral aspect of Canadian culture, as James Raffan explains in this calm, reflective book. Readers paddle back in time as the author examines the notion of the canoe as a crucial ...

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Bark, Skin and Cedar is an intelligent and grand exploration of that great Canadian icon-the canoe. From the graceful birch bark vessels of the Micmac Indians to the wide and sturdy Haida dugouts, from the canvas-covered Chestnut Prospector to the sleek dragon racing boats, the fragile but powerful craft defines our history and our cul...

James Raffan is one of CanadaÆs foremost authorities on canoeing and wilderness experience. He is the author of two bestsellers: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition and Bark, Skin and Cedar. He has also published Tumblehome, a collection of meditations on the wilderness. He serves as a Fellow and Governor ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.75 inPublished:March 13, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006386539

ISBN - 13:9780006386537

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"Land of silver birch, home of the beaver..." Almost any kid who goes to camp knows the thrill of canoeing and the famous camp song. Canoeing is and was an integral aspect of Canadian culture, as James Raffan explains in this calm, reflective book. Readers paddle back in time as the author examines the notion of the canoe as a crucial vehicle, visits the Lachine Rapids where Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain learned to paddle canoes and explores the canoe as a muse for artists. Furthermore, Raffan shares the canoeing adventures of Governor George Simpson, Frances Ann Hopkins, Eric Morse and Pierre Trudeau in Bark, Skin and Cedar: Exploring the Canoe in Canadian Experience.