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Image from page 98 of "Beothuk and Micmac" (1922)

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Title: Beothuk and Micmac

Year: 1922 (1920s)

Authors: Speck, Frank Gouldsmith, 1881-1950

Subjects: Beothuk Indians Micmac Indians Indians of North America -- Newfoundland and Labrador

Publisher: New York : Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation

Contributing Library: University of California Libraries

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t-making, bead-working, and for-tune-telling. Her one son, Joe Toney, stilllives with her. He has married a Micmacwoman of Nova Scotia, and they have onechild (1912). ETHNOLOGICAL NOTES Santu remembers in her childhood havingtraveled with her father in the skin canoeswhich seem to have been one of the typesof craft in use by the Osaya)ia.^ Whilethe details of construction given by Santuwere very vague, it seems that the canoewas more of a kayak. It was about fifteenfeet in length and about two and a half inwidth, constructed on a wooden frameworkwith a caribou- or seal-skin covering sewedwith water-tight seams. The seams weresewed by laying the two edges together,bending them over and sewing the threethicknesses together. Bone awls, she saidwere used to perforate the holes for thestitches. The bow of the canoe, she re-marked, was straightened and stiffened by apiece of spruce-bark (sic),- and anothercurved piece held the stern in shape. The INDIAN NOTES SPECK—BEOTHUK AND MICMAC vV^^


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