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The Survival of the Bark Canoe

Author : John McPhee
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In Greenville, New Hampshire, a small town in the southern part of the state, Henri Vaillancourt makes birch-bark canoes in the same manner and with the same tools that the Indians used. The Survival of the Bark Canoe is the story of this ancient craft and of a 150-mile trip through the Maine woods in those graceful survivors of a prehistoric technology. It is a book squarely in the tradition of one written by the first tourist in these woods, Henry David Thoreau, whose The Maine Woods recounts similar journeys in similar vessel. As McPhee describes the expedition he made with Vaillancourt, he also traces the evolution of the bark canoe, from its beginnings through the development of the huge canoes used by the fur traders of the Canadian North Woods, where the bark canoe played the key role in opening up the wilderness. He discusses as well the differing types of bark canoes, whose construction varied from tribe to tribe, according to custom and available materials. In a style as pure and as effortless as the waters of Maine and the glide of a canoe, John McPhee has written one of his most fascinating books, one in which his talents as a journalist are on brilliant display.

Bark Canoes

Author : John Jennings
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The definitive reference to indigenous peoples' watercraft around the world. Tappan Adney (1868-1950) was an artist, writer, ethnographer, historian and modelmaker of unparalleled ability. He tirelessly documented the cultures and languages of vanishing native cultures. His most enduring legacy is the extraordinary 110 birchbark canoe models he handbuilt to exacting standards. The models, now held at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, were built to ensure future canoe builders had exact reproductions for reference. These historically accurate, 1:5 scale models were meticulously researched, and traditionally constructed using the identical materials of the originals. Many are based on canoes that were the last example of their type. Before such a canoe disintegrated, Adney measured and recorded its dimensions, consulted with native builders and studied historical photographs and paintings. The canoe models are organized into eight distinct groups: Maritimes Eastern Woodland Northwest Lower British Columbia Fur Trade Amur Valley Asia South America Each canoe model is beautifully photographed and accompanied by captions that outline the craft's origins, uses and technical details. Adney's amazing technical drawings for the models are also included. An extensive introduction covers Adney's life and provides information about native model builders, canoe decoration and fur trade heraldry. Bark Canoes is the definitive reference to indigenous -- and ingenious -- watercraft used around the world.

The Canoeist s Catalog

Author : William F. Stearns
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Indexes and evaluates supplies for canoeists.

The Patch

Author : John McPhee
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The Patch is the seventh collection of essays by the nonfiction master, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It is divided into two parts. Part 1, “The Sporting Scene,” consists of pieces on fishing, football, golf, and lacrosse—from fly casting for chain pickerel in fall in New Hampshire to walking the linksland of St. Andrews at an Open Championship. Part 2, called “An Album Quilt,” is a montage of fragments of varying length from pieces done across the years that have never appeared in book form—occasional pieces, memorial pieces, reflections, reminiscences, and short items in various magazines including The New Yorker. They range from a visit to the Hershey chocolate factory to encounters with Oscar Hammerstein, Joan Baez, and Mount Denali. Emphatically, the author’s purpose was not merely to preserve things but to choose passages that might entertain contemporary readers. Starting with 250,000 words, he gradually threw out 75 percent of them, and randomly assembled the remaining fragments into “an album quilt.” Among other things, The Patch is a covert memoir.

Canoes

Author : Mark Neuzil
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"Ancient records of canoes are found from the Pacific Northwest to the coast of Maine, in Minnesota and Mexico, in the Southeast, and across the Caribbean. And if a native of those distant times might encounter a canoe of our day, whether birch bark or dugout or a modern marvel made of carbon fiber, its silhouette would be instantly recognizable. This is the story of that singular American artifact, so little changed over time: of canoes, old and new, the people who made them, and the labors and adventures they shared. With features of technology, industry, art, and survival, the canoe carries us deep into the natural and cultural history of North America. "--

Coming Into the Country

Author : John McPhee
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An account of a kayak and canoe journey through the Brooks Range wilderness, impressions of urban life and political activity, and portraits of people in the bush make up a study of contemporary Alaska

Wood Industry Abstracts

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The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America

Author : Tappan Adney
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The Whole Paddler s Catalog

Author : Zip Kellogg
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Describes sources of information on canoes, kayaks, rafts, canoeing gear, and river and ocean conservation, as well as suppliers of canoes and canoeing equipment

The Woodenboat

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The Down East Companion

Author : Peter H. Spectre
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The Minnesota Volunteer

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New England Natives

Author : Sheila Connor
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Connor shows us New England trees evolving amidst a succession of human cultures, from Archaic Indians who crafted canoes from white birch and snowshoes from ash, to colonists who built ships of oak and pine, to industrialists who laid railroad tracks on chestnut timber, to tanners who used hemlock bark to treat shoe leather for the Union army.

Tracking Mackenzie to the Sea

Author : Robert J. Hing
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Retracing the first crossing of continental North America (by Mackenzie, 1792/3), using the explorer's own journal as a guide: the account of a 1990 journey in a small seaplane along the 4,500-mile canoe trail from Montreal to Bella Coola. 8 maps incl. 9 x 26 foldout; appendices. Smythsewn. To order: Libraries: Quality Books, Lake Bluff, IL. Bookstores: Pacific Pipeline, Kent, WA. or the publisher P.O. Box 1010, Manassas, VA 22110.

The New Yorker

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American Indians

Author : Harvey Markowitz
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Articles on a wide range of American Indian topics, including personages, tribes, organizations, historical events, cultural traditions, and contemporary issues.

The Canadian Canoeing Companion

Author : Alex Narvey
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New Worlds for All

Author : Colin Gordon Calloway
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He depicts the European emulation of Indian military tactics, the varied responses of Indian societies to Christianity, attempts made on all sides to learn the languages and customs of the other, and the intermingling of peoples at the fringes of competing cultures - through captivity and adoption, attempts to escape one's own society and embrace another, or intermarriage.

Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian

Author : Barry T. Klein
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Lists and describes thousands of Native-American associations, organizations and centers, reservations and tribal councils, museums, monuments and libraries, schools, colleges and health services, films and videocassettes, magazines, newspapers and newsletters, publications (in-print books), and 1500 biographies of notable Native-Americans and non-Indians active in Indian affairs.

How to Build a Comfortable Campsite

Author : Martha Sherwood
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