National Geographic : 1956 Dec
832 Canoe Maker Charlie Cypress . . . In former days the Seminole traveled on foot, on horseback, and by oxcart. As he pushed deeper into the Florida swamps, his boat became all-important. Fashioned from native cypress, Sem inole canoes proved so waterworthy that Indians took them to sea. Equipped with mast and sail, some ventured to Cuba and the Bahamas. In recent years the automobile and air boat have all but re placed the dugout (page 835). Seminole boatwright Charlie Cypress remains active at 90 years. He agreed to make one last canoe so that the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE could preserve a pictorial record of a vanishing skill. The finished dugout may now be seen in the National Museum of the Smith sonian Institution, Washington, D. C.