National Geographic : 1937 Nov
AMERICA'S FIRST SETTLERS, THE INDIANS 565 Photograph by Harrison Howell Walker PENOBSCOT BRAVES STILL MAKE CANOES-BUT OF WOOD, NOT BIRCH BARK From 10 to 20 per cent of the employees of the Old Town Canoe Company are Indians living on the island reservation (page 562). At work here on the white man's adaptation of their ances tors' craft, the man at the left drills holes for screws which the other inserts as he fastens strips of red cedar to the ribs. Canvas, in place of birch bark, will be stretched tightly over the hull. rnotograpn Dyingerso "I A LIGHT CANOE WILL BUILD ME . . . THAT SHALL FLOAT UPON THE RIVER, LIKE A YELLOW LEAF IN AUTUMN, LIKE A YELLOW WATER-LILY!" "Thus aloud cried Hiawatha in the solitary forest." Menominee set up a birch-bark canoe in the age-old way (Color Plate XXI), outlining the shape of the craft with rows of stakes. Today, as in aboriginal times, expert canoe makers hold a high place among northeastern Indians.