Noah's Last Canoe: The Lost Art of Cree Birch Bark Canoe Building by Doug EvansNoah's Last Canoe: The Lost Art of Cree Birch Bark Canoe Building by Doug Evans

Noah's Last Canoe: The Lost Art of Cree Birch Bark Canoe Building

byDoug Evans

Hardcover | October 17, 2008

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In 1967 the Manitoba Museum asked northerner Doug Evans to undertake a mission. The museum was keenly aware that the Cree method of constructing birch bark canoes for northern lakes and rivers was fast disappearing. Evans flew into the Pelican Narrows region of Saskatchewan to chronicle the step-by-step building process used by Cree elder Noah Custer. Some 40 years later, Evans rediscovered his manuscript and realized it was the only record of this lost art. Great Plains is proud to publish this anthropological treasure.
Doug Evans was born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba. He was a long time member of the Manitoba Archeological Society and acquired items for the collection of the Manitoba Museum. A regular contributor to Canadian Homestead Magazine, North Roots Magazine and Cottage North Magazine, he is also the author of Tales from a Town with a Fun...
Title:Noah's Last Canoe: The Lost Art of Cree Birch Bark Canoe BuildingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:108 pages, 9 × 8 × 0.53 inPublished:October 17, 2008Publisher:Great Plains PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1894283821

ISBN - 13:9781894283823

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real Canadian History Comes Alive Not only does the whole idea of culture and oral history fit into the European culture but it was the mainstay of most aboriginal cultures as well. This re-enactment of the last recorded building of a birch bark canoe using traditional cree technology captures the imagination as this creation unfolds before your eyes. The photography helps to put the methodology and imagery into the scene and draws you in as these two cree elders work silently without blue prints or instructions to do their respective tasks in a "just in time" assembly process. Doug Evans' early life in Northern Manitoba and special relationship with the Cree people in northern Canada made this a truely wonderful experience.
Date published: 2012-04-06

Editorial Reviews

"This book will be a good way for my grandfather to teach my children and others about the things that our elders knew how to do." - Phillip Custer"Great Plains Publications has produced a wonderful book of Evans' photographs and writings." - Paddle Manitoba"This a fascinating read as well as a tribute to a lost way of life. . . " - Winnipeg Free Press