Several of the Pacific Coast tribes who live between the northern end of Vancouver Island and the south coast of Alaska have used these Northern- or Haida-style dugout canoes. Their distinctive profile displays a strong curvature in the gunwales, which rise to high, truncated projections at both ends. In cross-section, they are rounded on the bottom and have sides that flare out below the gunwales. These extremely seaworthy canoes are sometimes decorated with painted figures.
|Northern-style dugout canoe with painted figures on interior of hull and top of thwarts
Probably from Bella Bella, British Columbia, ca. 1900
|Northern-style dugout canoe with painted figures on prow and stern
Probably from Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, late nineteenth century
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