Steve Cayard - Birchbark Canoe Builder

Passamaquoddy Tribe, Calais, Maine, 2011

About the workshop

In a project funded by the National Park Service, a group of Passamaquoddy Tribal members and friends built a 20 1/2-foot ocean canoe with the help of David Moses Bridges and myself. Most of the work was done at the Wabanaki Culture Center (formerly the Downeast Heritage Center) in Calais, Maine. The canoe was modeled on the Passamaquoddy ocean canoe at the Maine State Museum in Augusta. The project was administered by Donald Soctomah, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. There were three launchings held: one at each of the Passamaquoddy Reservations, Indian Township and Pleasant Point; and one in Calais.
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