Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 7:00 PM: Dr. Peter Wood, Duke University

Missing the Boat: Ancient Dugout Canoes in the Mississippi-Missouri Watershed

(Cosponsored with the Indian Peaks Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society)

Abstract

We understand far more about Native American birch bark canoes in the Northeast than we do about the wooden dugout canoes used farther south and west in the Mississippi and Missouri River Valleys in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We know that these large vessels, reported by De Soto, Lahontan and others, were fashioned from cedar, poplar, and cottonwood trunks. But how big, how numerous, and how widely dispersed were these canoes? How far back do they go in time, and how did the introduction of European metal tools influence or alter the construction of these boats? This talk will suggest preliminary answers to these and related questions.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 7:00 PM: Dr. Peter Wood, Duke University

Missing the Boat: Ancient Dugout Canoes in the Mississippi-Missouri Watershed

(Cosponsored with the Indian Peaks Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society)

Abstract

We understand far more about Native American birch bark canoes in the Northeast than we do about the wooden dugout canoes used farther south and west in the Mississippi and Missouri River Valleys in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We know that these large vessels, reported by De Soto, Lahontan and others, were fashioned from cedar, poplar, and cottonwood trunks. But how big, how numerous, and how widely dispersed were these canoes? How far back do they go in time, and how did the introduction of European metal tools influence or alter the construction of these boats? This talk will suggest preliminary answers to these and related questions.

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