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.