George W. Brown, Jr. Museum, Lac du Flambeau
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603 Peace Pipe Road
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538
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The George W. Brown, Jr. Ojibwe Museum and Cultural Center celebrates the history and culture of the Ojibwe tribe. View a 24-foot dugout canoe. Marvel at birch bark canoes. Tour a French fur trading post. Eyeball Ojibwe arts and crafts. Check out traditional clothing. See a world record sturgeon. Watch an informational video and find out how wild rice is harvested. Observe ceremonial dancers celebrate Ojibwe culture at Lac du Flambeau Indian Bowl Pow-Wows. Learn about traditions old and new. Discover the rich history of the Ojibwe.
Facts about Birchbark Canoes
Ojibwe Birch Bark Canoe

Ojibwe Birch Bark Canoe

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There are lots of fun facts about birch bark canoes. Did you know that?

  • A birch bark canoe is a type of canoe. It is made from the bark of birch trees. Spruce roots, pine pitch, and cedar boards are also used.
  • Birch bark canoes are most often associated with the Algonquins but all woodland tribes of Native Americans made them.
  • The birch bark canoe was once used to navigate streams, lakes, rivers and ponds. It was an important form of transport in many places until the early 19th century.
  • Birch bark canoes vary in length. The smallest are one-man canoes; the largest can carry as many as 50 people.
  • The birch bark canoe is fast, light and easy to maneuver. What's more, it floats in really shallow water.
  • Birch bark canoes aren't hard to make but they are a lot of work and require a good bit of skill. Carving, sewing and etching are but three of the talents needed.
 
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