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Paddles for Dakota birchbark canoe
Description Nineteenth century Dakota-made cedar canoe paddles. One paddle (A) has a flaring squared blade and a hand-rest, the other (B) has a long square blade. John Bluestone (Tukantoiciya), a Mdewakanton Dakota born in 1835, may have been living in Mendota when he made the associated birch bark canoe (see canoe 144). His son, Sam Bluestone (Herakamani), carved the cedar paddles. The canoe and paddles were given to Clifford J. Clarkson, ferryman at Mendota, in 1912.
Quantity 2 items
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 26 1/2 inches length A) flaring squared blade
5 inches width A) flaring squared blade
1/2 inches depth A) flaring squared blade
32 1/4 inches length A) shaft
1 1/2 inches depth A) shaft
2 1/2 inches width A) shaft end grip
26 inches length B) long square blade
4 1/2 inches width B) long square blade
3/4 inches depth B) long square blade
41 inches length B) shaft
1 5/8 inches depth B) shaft
Nomenclature Paddle (watercraft equipment)
Creation Maker: Bluestone, Samuel
Made by Mdewakanton Dakota
Subjects Bluestone, John
Owned/used by: Clarkson, Clifford John
Made by Mdewakanton Dakota
Used in Mendota, Dakota County, Minnesota, United States
Sibley House Museum
Dakota Indians
Canoes and canoeing.
Indian. Transportation. Water
Dates Creation: Uncertain 1880 - Not later than 1912

Use: Not earlier than 1912 - Not later than 1917
C.J. Clarkson, a Mendota ferryman, was given the canoe and paddles in 1912 and donated them to the Sibley House Museum 1917.
Holding Type 3D Objects
ID Number 145.A,B