Onaman Collective was in Deshkaanziibing building a canoe, sharing traditional skills with youth (Chippewa of the Thames First Nation).
Birch bark harvesting took place in June of 2015. The canoe was built from July 15 to Aug 13, 2015.
Preston Pine, 16, with the birch he harvested for the canoe
Louise after a hard day of work…harvesting birch and spruce root
Preston with handmade tools for canoe building
splitting cedar for the nose
sewing up the bark with spruce roots
cutting out the birch decoration
late night working
setting the ribs
busy at work on the sheathing