Larger than life — Minnesota statues of voyageurs

Guess what I finally found — the voyageur statue in Ely, Minnesota, plus the owner and the artist. (I’ve been trying to find it for a couple of years.) The Midwest’s massive monuments to their uniqueness are pure fun. My community has a large largemouth...
Ray Mears on brand-new birch bark canoes

Ray Mears on brand-new birch bark canoes

This video about the Hudson’s Bay Company’s role in Canada, narrated by Ray Mears, was recommended. Mears is an authority on the subject of bushcraft and survival.*It’s SO worth watching! He speaks with the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada,...
1946 film: How Indians Build Canoes

1946 film: How Indians Build Canoes

“How Indians Build Canoes” is a color movie from 1946 that shows an Algonquin man and his wife and son building a birch bark canoe using native methods. At the very beginning, a young man wields a long stick—which becomes his ladder to scale a tall birch tree! What...
1973 film on Bill Hafeman, birch bark canoe-builder

1973 film on Bill Hafeman, birch bark canoe-builder

Meant to watch Dan Boessel’s video a second time, it was so interesting. But I accidentally clicked on “Birch Canoe Builder.” This 7-minute film was made in 1973 about Bill Hafeman, who began his canoe- and boat-building venture in the 1920s. He demonstrated the...

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