'Voyageur' exhibit opens at Museum of Fur Trade

Sunday, 03 May 2009
The Museum of Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska is very excited as they recently acquired a 36 foot long birch bark canoe which will become the centerpiece of its latest exhibit, "The Voyageurs" which opened on May 1.

The canoe is about 40 years old and was built with the same materials and methods as the boats used to haul trade goods across North America from the 1600s to about 1850 by the men known as voyageurs said Gail DeBuse Potter, the Chadron museum's director.

"These are real hard to come by," she said. "In Canada, you can find some reproductions in museums."

The boat is authentic, with cords made from spruce root for lashing, a birch-bark outer skin and seams to be sealed with pine pitch, Potter said.

More info: Museum of the Fur Trade [Via: rapidcityjournal.com]

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