Native craftsmen create canoe out of 17-foot log

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LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – A canoe splashed into the Niagara River in Lewiston on Tuesday, recreating a canoe launch as it happened hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

Native craftsmen took a 17-foot log and chopped at it until the wood was in the shape of a dugout canoe. Indigenous groups used them to travel to territories of other nations.

Marlin Wilson of the Tuscarora Nation said, “It’s cool to get back in touch with, like, going all traditional and all that. Definitely feels real having the outfit on.”

Visitors to Old Fort Niagara have been able to watch the crew work on the canoe throughout the summer. It will now be heading toward the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

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