Haida canoe article in US magazine

  • Dec. 2, 2013 8:00 p.m.

Haida Gwaii is getting more international exposure. The November/December issue of WoodenBoat magazine, published in Brooklin, Maine, features an eight page article on “The Canoes of Haida Gwaii”. Written by Bruce Kemp of Westbank, BC, the article talks about the renewal of canoe building and the warm greetings islanders gave him. “(Dale) Lore’s was not our only warm greeting,” Mr. Kemp writes, “I had made advance contact with native Haida canoe carver John Bennett, and just after our arrival on the islands, Bennett called with an invitation to a feast in his home. A public works supervisor in Old Massett, Bennett builds plank on frame boats and carves canoes in his spare time.” The article also provides a short history of Haida canoe building, and is illustrated with several photos of works in progress as well as canoe logs abandoned in the forest. “Canoe carving today not only reconnects Haida with their legacy but with their environment,” Mr. Kemp concludes. WoodenBoat is aimed at people intersted in building and buying wooden boats, and circulates about 70,000 copies six times a year, primarily in the US and Canada. An electronic version is available at woodenboat.com