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Birchbark Canoe made by an original master

01-31-2012 08:18 AM by daltxguy | 5 comments »

This has to be the most amazing woodworking documentary I have ever seen. At every step, he does something I would never have thought of. This documentary shows how a canoe is built the old way. C├ęsar 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. http://www.nfb.ca/film/Cesars_Bark_Canoe It is 57 min long but you will not be bored for a second w...

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