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Dakota birchbark canoe paddles
Description Nineteenth century Dakota-made cedar canoe paddles.The canoe and paddles were given to Clifford J. Clarkson, ferryman at Mendota, in 1912. 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 birchbark canoe (ID Number 144). His son, Sam Bluestone (Herakamani), carved the cedar paddles.
Quantity 2 items
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 26 1/2 inches length (145.A - flaring squared blade)
5 inches width (145.A - flaring squared blade)
1/2 inches depth (145.A - flaring squared blade)
32 1/4 inches length (145.A - shaft)
1 1/2 inches depth (145.A - shaft)
2 1/2 inches width (145.A - shaft end grip)
26 inches length (145.B - long square blade)
4 1/2 inches width (145.B - long square blade)
3/4 inches depth (145.B - long square blade)
41 inches length (145.B - shaft)
1 5/8 inches depth (145.B - shaft)
Nomenclature Paddle (watercraft equipment)
Creation Maker: Bluestone, Samuel
Made by Mdewakanton Indians
Made by Dakota Indians
Subjects Owned/used by: Clarkson, Clifford John
Bluestone, John
Made by Mdewakanton Indians
Made by Dakota Indians
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

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