Bark, Skin and Cedar: Reflections on the Canoe in the Canadian Experience [NOOK Book]

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Bark, Skin and Cedar is an intelligent and grand exploration of that great Canadian icon -- the canoe. From the graceful birch bark vessels of the Micmac Indians to the wide and sturdy Haida dugouts, from the canvas-covered Chestnut Prospector to the sleek dragon racing boats, the fragile but powerful craft defines our history and our culture in a myriad of ways.

James Raffan takes us on a canoe tripping journey: we are transported back in time to the notion of the canoe as a ...

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Bark, Skin and Cedar: Reflections on the Canoe in the Canadian Experience

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Overview

Bark, Skin and Cedar is an intelligent and grand exploration of that great Canadian icon -- the canoe. From the graceful birch bark vessels of the Micmac Indians to the wide and sturdy Haida dugouts, from the canvas-covered Chestnut Prospector to the sleek dragon racing boats, the fragile but powerful craft defines our history and our culture in a myriad of ways.

James Raffan takes us on a canoe tripping journey: we are transported back in time to the notion of the canoe as a luminal vehicle, bearing the human spirit from one world to another; we are there at the Lachine Rapids, where Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain learned to paddle canoes, so different from their sea-faring vessels; we explore the canoe trip as a reflection of a heroic quest and the craft as a cradle or womb out of which love and new life will grow; and we investigate the canoe as a rich muse for our artists and profitable inspiration for our advertisers. Along the way we meet some of the canoe’s most ardent and colorful paddlers: Governor George Simpson, Frances Ann Hopkins, Edwin Tappan Adney, Eric Morse, Pierre Trudeau, Bill Mason and Kirk Wipper. With its fresh and unique blend of canoe history, legend, insight and imagination presented in an attractive gift book format, Bark, Skin and Cedar will capture a large and enthusiastic reading audience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781443401555
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

JAMES RAFFAN is a prolific writer, speaker, geographer and past executive director of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario. The author of numerous books, including the bestselling Emperor of the North, Bark, Skin & Cedar, and Fire in the Bones, he has written for a variety of media outlets including print, radio and television. He is a fellow international of the Explorers Club, a past chair of the Arctic Institute of North America, and a fellow and past governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a service for which he was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the Camsell Medal and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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