Tuesday, March 20, 2012

César's Bark Canoe

This video by Canada's National Film Board is familiar to many bark canoe aficionados. For those not familiar with it: it's a well filmed, very detailed step-by-step coverage of bark canoe construction. According to the NFB website:
This documentary shows how a canoe is built the old way. César Newashish, a 67-year-old Attikamek of the Manawan Reserve north of Montreal, uses only birchbark, cedar splints, spruce roots and gum. Building a canoe solely from the materials that the forest provides may become a lost art, even among the Native peoples whose traditional craft it is. The film is without commentary but text frames appear on the screen in Cree, French and English. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting, i love this film.
    One day, when i´m 65, I will build a canoe too.
    Greetings from Berlin/Germany