Metis carver builds York boat at Fort Langley National Historic Site – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 28, 202020 Views

As he assembles each piece, Pat Calihou is reviving his family’s forgotten culture

Jan 28, 2020

When you think about Indigenous art, you might think of welcome poles, plaques or masks.

But how about York boats?

York boats were the traditional watercraft used by Metis and voyageurs for the Hudson’s Bay during the 1700s for the fur trade in Canada.

York boats were eventually displaced by the paddlewheeler, then all but disappeared.

Today, Metis carver Pat Calihou is building a York boat from scratch at the Fort Langley National Historic Site. For Calihou, the journey building the boat is about more than resurrecting his ancestors’ watercraft. The journey is about reviving his family’s forgotten culture while assembling each piece.

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