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Author Name:    MARSHALL, Ingeborg Constanze Luise

Title:   Beothuk Bark Canoes : An Analysis and Comparative Study. First Edition

Publisher:    National Museums of Canada, Ottawa, 1985, 

Seller ID:   2907

MARSHALL, Ingeborg Constanze Luise. Beothuk Bark Canoes : An Analysis and Comparative Study. Ottawa : National Museums of Canada, 1985. First Edition.Pp [i]-xiii,(1),1-159,(1). With 20 b&w photos as well as drawing and many other illustrations in the text. 4to, white cardcovers. National Museum of Man Mercury Series Canadian Ethnology Service Paper No. 102. Cassell 1243. "Froma detailed analysis of Beothuk canoes, based on evidence from artifactual and archival material it was concluded that the Beothuk used two functionally differen canoe designs. Though both shared major features, one was specialized for ocean navigation, the second, more persistent form, was moreversatile. In comparison with 62 other North American native craft Beothuk canoes were found to be built with traditional methods but with unique hul l forms. Among nearly 300 hull shape and construction attributes on these 62 craft, 20% clustered on a geographic basis, thus identifying regional preferences and developments. In this scheme Beothuk canoes relate most closely to northwestern Athabascan canoes, though they may include some Inuit kayak features as well as few eastern canoe elements. The study concludes witha discussion of the significance of these different influences." - from th e abstract. Contents : I. Introduction. II. Hypotheses and Methods. (a) Aims and Hypotheses. (b) Methods : 1. Sources of Information on Beothuk Canoes. 2. Data on Canoes from Other Groups. 3. Methods of Tabulation. III. Information on Beothuk Canoes. (a) Eye Witness Accounts : 1. John Guy. 2. Richard Whitbourne. 3. John Cartwright. 4. Additional Information from Reports and Documents. (b) Canoe Replicas : 1. Two Replicas freom a Burial on Big Island. 2. Replica from Demasduwit's Burial. 3. Replica Made by Shanawdthit. IV. Intragroup Comparison of Beothuk Canoes. (a) Proportions. (b) Attributesof Hull Shape : 1. Shared Attributes. 2. Divergent Attributes. 3. Geograph ic Distribution Over Time. 4. Stylistic Attributes. (c) Attributes of Construction. V. Comparison of Beothuk Canoes with Craft of Other North AmericanNative Groups. (a) Conformity of Beothuk Canoes. (b) Unique Attributes of Beothuk Canoes. (c) Relationships Between Beothuk Canoes and Other Craft. (d) Significance of Similarities : 1. Borrowing from Eskimo Kayaks. 2. Beothuk-Athabascan similarities. 3. Eastern attributes and influences. VI. Summary and Conclusion. Appendix A: Reconstruction of Two Full-Sized Canoes. Glossary of Canoe Terminology. Light browning to rear cover, light stain to mid-spine, pen to four pages, else very good. 50.00


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