Carving Cultural Connections with our Community.

The experience of crafting a dugout from a massive single red cedar log or red cedar strip is a rare opportunity as there are few canoe carvers left in Canada to pass the knowledge on to their communities. As part of the Canoe Culture Program, Lead Carver Mike Billy Sr. addresses the cultural transmission of Indigenous knowledge from one generation to the next. By including Indigenous artists and Elders in the project, traditional artistic knowledge and expertise is preserved, while showcasing the vitality of Indigenous arts and culture.