Tlingit canoes photographed by E. W. Merrill in the early 20th century. Photographed from the Sitka National Historical Site database, glass plate negative SITK 25447.

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Weathered Tlingit canoe in Hoonah, Alaska. Scale is 50 cm. This canoe was carved by Steve Brown of Sequim, Washington with the assistance of Mick Beasley of Douglas, Alaska. It was intended to be the “Sister Canoe” to one that was carved and is currently on display in Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. This canoe measures 7.22 meters in length and 1.1 meters in width. The 4 seats measure 11 cm in width. 

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Tlingit boy in Sitka beside a canoe photographed by E. W. Merrill in the early 20th century. Photographed displayed in the Sitka National Historical Site, glass plate negative SITK 26119.

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Umiak (skin canoe) displayed on the wall of the Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum on the campus of Prince William Sound College in Valdez, Alaska.

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Canoe carved from Sitka spruce on display in the Sitka National Historical Park located in Sitka, Alaska. Tommy Joseph (Naal’xák’w) and his apprentice, Tim Flanery (Gaanax aya yáada) carved the dugout “work” canoe out of a 25-foot Sitka spruce log. Tracy A. Laqua (Museum Curator, Sitka National Historical Park reports that the canoe measures 25 feet 2 inches in length, 40 inches in maximum width, and 27.5 inches in maximum height. 

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Tlingit fishermen and their canoe photographed by E. W. Merrill in the early 20th century. Photographed from the Sitka National Historical Site database, glass plate negative SITK 3810.

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Weathered canoe on display in the Potlatch Park in Ketchikan, Alaska. The park officials identify this canoe as made out of Sitka Spruce by a Haida artisan - it measures approximately 4.2 meters length. 

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Red pictograph (Dstretch filter enhancement) painted by Tlingit artist at Hoonah, Alaska. 

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Canoes : Archaeological and Historical

Michael Fuller

Canoe paddles carved from yellow and red cedar by Tlingit artists.

Top: Paddle by unknown maker out of red cedar

Small: Sea Monster design by Ray Nielsen Sr. out of yellow cedar

Medium: Killer Whale design by Jack Austin out of red cedar

Bottom: Dance paddle decorated with Shark and Split Eagle design by Jack Austin out of red cedar.

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Umiak (skin canoe) in the Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum on the Campus of the Prince William Sound College in Valdez, Alaska.

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