This is the story of the canoe, that singular American artifact so little changed over time. Featured here are canoes old and new, from birch bark to dugout to carbon fiber; the people who made them; and the adventures they shared. With features of technology, industry, art, and survival, the canoe carries us deep into the natural and cultural history of North America.
Evidence of travel by canoe exists in the form of pictographs hundreds of years old in the Quetico region of Canada. Scientists are not in agreement about who made the images—or even when—but the painting of people in a boat is unmistakable.
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