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Birch Bark Canoe Maker
Contact: Gregg Bruff, 906-387-2607, ext. 208
(Munising, Mich.) Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is celebrating Chippewa or Anishnabe culture by hosting a birch bark canoe maker. Ron Paquin, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., is constructing a 12-foot long birch bark canoe of traditional materials and using ages old techniques from Thursday, July 9, through Saturday, July 11. The demonstration was made possible by a generous grant from the National Park Foundation.
The completed canoe will be used in the Lakeshore's Education Outreach program which serves over 2500 students annually. Dylan Semansky is working with Mr. Paquin as an assistant. Dylan is enrolled in the Munising Public Schools Indian Education Work Program.
Mr. Paquin is self-taught and has been building birch canoes and other traditional items such as makuks or storage containers, for over 20 years. As of last year, he had made 27 canoes of various lengths.
The demonstration is occurring at Miners Castle, the busiest day use area within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore where visitors enjoy viewing the Pictured Rocks Cliffs and Lake Superior. Lake Superior has been home to the Anishnabe for several hundred years and the Lakeshore portion of the shoreline figures prominently in their culture.
Did You Know?
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore shares a visitor center with the Hiawatha National Forest. The interagency visitor center was dedicated in 1988, and serves over 40,000 people annually. Other federal interagency visitor centers are located in Alaska, Utah, California, and Idaho. More...