Stillaguamish River Canoe

Watch how a flat-bottom shovel-nosed canoe is carved from a 300-year-old cedar log:

For over a century, seven old-growth cedar logs lay buried under a logging road in the Stillaguamish River watershed until 2009 when they were finally unearthed. The logs were the remains of 300 year old trees that had once stood tall near the Stillaguamish River in Washington State.

The logs represented a signficant cultural gift to the Stillaguamish Tribe who had not received recognition or reserve lands until 1976.

As they prepared to carve a dugout canoe from one of these fallen trees, had to do a lot of research beforehand. This was the first canoe to be carved in their area in over a hundred years. The chief carver was Lummi artist Felix Solomon.

This canoe is typical of the traditional canoe used by the Coast Salish in the Puget Sound. Its flat bottom, wide body and blunt bow and stern allows it carry big loads and float easily in rough waters.