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The Yurok canoe is simply a hollowed section of a redwood log. The aboriginal implements for canoe-making were a stone hammer and an elk-horn chisel for cutting the log and removing a number of slabs in order to reduce it to the desired thickness, and an elk-horn adz for finishing the surface. The actual hollowing was accomplished by means of fire. The craft shown in the plate is hardly an average example as to workmanship, but at best Yurok canoes are rather crude.
California Canoes and canoeing Clothing and dress Equipment and supplies Landscape photography Landscapes Manners and customs Men's clothing Native Americans Photogravure Trinity River (Calif.) Yurok Indians
Photogravure, 22.25 x 18.25 inches: The North American Indian; being a series of volumes picturing and describing the Indians of the United States, and Alaska, 970.6 C942 vol.13 plates, William Smith Mason Collection of Western Americana, Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library