This Haida dugout symbolizes the significance of the canoe in Haida culture both past and present. The Haida created great centres for canoe ­building and exported their craft far into the most remote parts of the Northwest Coast. The construction of this canoe shows the distinctive characteristics attributed to earlier craft: a strong sheer, added pieces on both bow and stern, a near vertical cutwater and strongly angled ends.

All Haida canoes were painted or decorated. This canoe displays a traditional colour theme using black for the greater part of the hull and white for the painted design.

Accession Number: 977.1
Length: 6.96 metres (22 feet 10 inches)
Beam: 1.04 metres (3 feet 5 inches)
Builder: Victor Adams, Masset, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia, 1971.