Object Name
Dan Sarazin
Birch Bark --Cedar --Spruce root bindings --Tree Resin --Duct Tape
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Lenght 375.0 cm x Width 88.0 cm x Height 38.0 cm


A handmade full-sized birch bark canoe compiled of wood (gunnels, ribs, spine, seats) and birch bark (body, sides). The canoe has interior ribs made of cedar running cross-wise, covered in exterior layer of cedar slats running lengthwise. Birch bark outer skin, composed of smaller fragments of birch bark "sewn" together with spruce root bindings. Amber coloured tree resin covering the seams, along with visible sections of duct tape interior to the seams. Duct tape also used as patches or to plug holes (back stern, bottom right back). Cedar gunnels and cross bars, held in place using wood nails. There is an inscription in green ink on the top of one of the cross-braces "Made by // Dan Sarazin // Golden Lake Ontario".


The canoe was made by Dan Sarazin, a Cree man from the Golden Lakes Region/Reservation (currently the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation near Renfrew County) as a demo at the 1972 Montreal Antique Show.