Indian Girl Model Canoe
There is no single, original origin of the basic and nostalgic canoe. With its
many various shapes, forms and sizes the original canoe was a common form of
water transportation for many aboriginal groups on the North American continent.
Its varying design characteristics were dependent upon the environment of its
intended use. Some of the original crafts were covered like the modern day kayaks
while others had a high bow and stern.
The early canoes used in the Great Lakes or the East Coast were much larger
and built sturdier than those used for the inland to accommodate the larger
bodies of water and immense waves they may encounter while sailing. The petite
prairie canoes were considerably smaller, appearing to be built for one person
or even single crossings.
The early Canoes were made of readily available, locally found materials. Often
using a light wooden frame or skeleton (often of cedar) with a birch bark exterior
or skin, the practical and brilliantly built canoes were designed to be extremely
durable yet amazingly light.
They were designed to travel in a multitude of water conditions varying from
large and massive lakes to fast and or shallow water. Their incredible lightness
allowed them to be portaged easily over marshy areas.
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