Crooked Canoe

From Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims

  • What was gained in maneuverability was lost on carrying capacity; these canoes were not meant to haul a substantial load. The pronounced fore-and-aft rocker design, often associated with the Cree, could rise as much as several inches from midship to the ends.
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  • The crooked canoe was built to turn quickly and handle major river systems, with their quick bends and dangerous rapids.