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.

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

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Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3519

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