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Klamath Tribe - Making Traditional Dugout Canoes - Lake of the Woods, Oregon

Margo and I were on a mountain bike ride on the High Lakes Trail when we encountered Perry Chocktoot, a culture and heritage expert for the Klamath Tribe, who was making a couple of traditional dugout canoes. As you can see the center is burned out with fire while the sides, which he wants to preserve, are protected with mud. It is a time consuming process but the canoes should last a long time.

 

This dugout canoe project was part of the annual culture camp - children stay at the culture camp and learn about the Klamath Tribe, the language, and traditional aspects of tribal life and culture.

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Taken on August 5, 2012