Traditional Mi’kmaq birch bark canoe project underway at Kejimkujik National Park – Globalnews.ca

Traditional Mi’kmaq birch bark canoe project underway at Kejimkujik National Park – Globalnews.ca

by ahnationtalk on August 11, 2020107 Views

August 10, 2020

With the warm summer sun dancing behind him, Todd Labrador, a Mi’kmaw craftsman and artisan, steadily works away on a tradition his great grandfather used in the 1800s as a means of survival.

“It was what we consider today a vehicle, because the rivers and the lakes was the highway. And you’d take a birch bark canoe and you can put hundreds of pounds of whatever you have and then transport it across quite easily,” Labrador said.

Labrador is in the process of building a 21-foot birch bark canoe that was traditionally used to transport large loads across rough ocean waters.

In collaboration with Parks Canada, Labrador is building the canoe in a shop near Merrymakedge Beach in Kejimkujik National Park.

Read More: https://globalnews.ca/news/7258231/mikmaq-birch-bark-canoe-project-kejimkujik-national-park/

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