This style of canoe is Nuu-chah-nulth from the area of Fort Rupert, Vancouver Island, B.C. It is of Kwakwaka’wakw origin and of a style used by many cultures along the West Coast. The hull is hewn from red cedar with the bow and stern attached as separate pieces. These pieces would often outlast the canoes. Sometimes, as in this case, they were taken from older canoes that were no longer serviceable and used on the newly built craft.
Often canoes of the West Coast were painted with intricate and expressive art. The painted image at the bow is that of a killer whale.
This particular craft is an example of a canoe used to hunt finback and grey whales. Typically it would have carried 6 paddlers, a steersman and a harpooner.
Accession Number: 977.187
Length: 11.99 metres (39 feet 4 inches)
Beam: 1.61 metres (5 feet 3.5 inches)
Builder: Builder unknown, ca. 1900.
Adopted By: Karl Eichner