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N.M. Francis and his wife in a canoe, ca. 1912

Contributed by Abbe Museum

This image is of N.M. Francis and his wife in a birchbark canoe. Birchbark canoes were the primary means of travel for the Wabanaki for thousands of years, and the traditional craft of making them has been revitalized in recent years.

According to William A. Haviland in Down East Maine, for the Wabanaki, the canoe was the equivalent of today's pickup truck. Because of this, birchbark canoes greatly ranged in both length and weight depending on where and what they were used for.

Other Information


  • Title: N.M. Francis and his wife in a canoe, ca. 1912
  • Creator: Orr, A. F.
  • Creation Date: 1912
  • Subject Date: circa 1912
  • Town: Indian Island, Old Town
  • County: Penobscot
  • State: ME
  • Media: postcard
  • Dimensions (cm): 8.5 x 14
  • Local Code: I-100.40
  • Collection: Archives - Native Americans, Historic
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3519
http://www.abbemuseum.org

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