Miskwaawak: Red Cedar

Wayne purchased four lengths of 16-foot clear red cedar from a lumber mill in the Pacific Northwest. These pieces were to be used for the gunwales and inwales of the canoe. Although such white cedar could be harvested locally, these pieces were purchased to save time and to use resources that are more abundant. The pieces were cut and then soaked in a lake near Wayne’s home on the Lac du Flambeau reservation for one month. Then the pieces that were to become the inwales were removed from the water and gently bent to form the top outline of the canoe. The bent pieces were held in place with supports and string until they dried.

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