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The Science and Tradition of Dugout Canoes

July 31, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dug out Canoe PhotoFor thousands of years, the Native inhabitants of the Eastern Woodlands were able to make dugout canoes using natural materials found in their environment. Want to get an in depth look at how these vessels were made? Join Museum Assistant Lydia Downs, a graduate student in the Maritime Studies Program at Eastern Carolina University, for a discussion on the historical manufacture, use, and cultural significance of this type of transportation. Lydia, who is working with the Coharie tribe of North Carolina on an artifact biography of a 650-year-old dugout canoe, will also discuss the methods archaeologists use in preserving and repatriating dugout canoes when they are rediscovered.

Space is limited, pre-registration is appreciated.  Questions? Please call (860) 868-0518 or email [email protected]. Price: $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors, $11 for Children (as this is a special event, it is not included as part of the Kids are Free, Summer at the Museum initiative.)


July 31, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Institute for American Indian Studies
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