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Object description

  • Haudensaunee (Iroquois) and Huron (Wendat) artist
  • Model canoe, before 1825
  • Elm bark, plant fiber, wood
  • Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada
  • L: 48 1/2 in, W: 9 1/2 in, D: 5 1/2 in (L: 123.2 cm, W: 24.1 cm, D: 14.0 cm)
  • Gift of Enos Cutler, United States Army, 1825
  • E928
  • Popular souvenir item of the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Replica of larger model with accompanying accessories

Among the Iroquois and the Huron, canoes provided an important vehicle for fishing as well as for trading and traversing the surrounding rivers and lakes. Likely made for the tourist market, this model canoe--made from a single piece of elm bark--is an accurate depiction of its full-size counterpart, with accompanying paddles, fishing spears, and torch and reflector mounted on the bow for night fishing.