Canoes: A Natural History in North America

Canoes: A Natural History in North America

by Mark Neuzil, Norman Sims


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ISBN-13: 9780816681174
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 183,392
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Mark Neuzil is a professor of communication and journalism at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of seven books and a frequent writer and speaker on environmental themes. A former wilderness guide and summer park ranger, Neuzil is an avid outdoorsman who began canoeing in the 1960s with his family. He is a past board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and Friends of the Mississippi River.

Norman Sims is a retired honors professor from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a past president of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. This is his sixth book. A longtime whitewater canoeist and an active member of both the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association, Sims has a small collection of antique Morris wood-and-canvas canoes.

John McPhee is the author of more than thirty books, including Encounters with the Archdruid (1971), The Survival of the Bark Canoe (1975), and Coming into the Country (1977). Since 1963, his articles and all of his books have appeared in The New Yorker magazine. He received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Annals of the Former World in 1999. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Table of Contents


Foreword: Scenes from a Life in Canoes
John McPhee


1. Dugout Canoes
Napoleon Sanford: The Important Thing is You and the Wood

2. Birch Bark Canoes
Elm Bark Canoes
The Oldest Birch Bark Canoe

3. Fur Trade and Exploration
The Algonquin Fur Trade
Frances Anne Hopkins

4. All-Wood Canoes
Jule Fox Marshall

5. Wood-and-Canvas Canoes
Tom Seavey: More Than Just the World
Canoe Sails

6. The Rise of the Synthetic Canoe
Canoe Patents
Canoes in Wartime
Square-stern Canoes

7. Canoes and the Human-Powered Movement
Canoe Packs

8. Journeys: Canoe Tripping


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