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Dakota birchbark canoe with painted manboards
Description Nineteenth century Dakota made birchbark canoe. The canoe has painted manboards, flat boards fitted into the bow and stern. John Bluestone (Tukantoiciya), a Mdewakanton Dakota born in 1835, may have been living in Mendota when he made this canoe (c. 1880-1900). His son, Sam Bluestone (Herakamani), carved the cedar paddles (see 145.A and 145.B). The canoe and paddles were given to Clifford J. Clarkson, ferryman at Mendota, in 1912.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 38 3/4 inches width Maximum interior beam at midpoint
27 inches height Front end maximum height
29 inches height Stern maximum height
144 inches length approximately
Nomenclature Bark canoe
Creation Maker: Bluestone, John
Made by Mdewakanton Dakota
Subjects Bluestone, Samuel
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 144