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    How to Build an Ottawan Birchbark Canoe

    Birchbark canoes were an important part of many Native American tribes’ life. They used these canoes to transport goods and to hunt. Each tribe had a style of canoe-building. The Ottawa made canoes with a raised, straight bow and stern Ottawan canoes are distinguished from their neighbors, the Ojibwe, who had a curved bow and stern. This gives the Ottawan canoe an angular style when viewed from the side.



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