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Survival of the Bark Canoe

Survival of the Bark Canoe - 75 edition

ISBN13: 978-0374516932

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ISBN13: 978-0374516932
ISBN10: 0374516936
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Edition/Copyright: 75
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.
Published: 1975
International: No

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Survival of the Bark Canoe - 75 edition

ISBN13: 978-0374516932

John McPhee

ISBN13: 978-0374516932
ISBN10: 0374516936
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 75
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.

Published: 1975
International: No
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In Greenville, New Hampshire, a small town in the southern part of the state, Henri Vaillancourt makes birch-bark canoes in the same manner and with the same tools that the Indians used.The Survival of the Bark Canoeis the story of this ancient craft and of a 150-mile trip through the Maine woods in those graceful survivors of a prehistoric technology. It is a book squarely in the tradition of one written by the first tourist in these woods, Henry David Thoreau, whoseThe Maine Woodsrecounts similar journeys in similar vessel. As McPhee describes the expedition he made with Vaillancourt, he also traces the evolution of the bark canoe, from its beginnings through the development of the huge canoes used by the fur traders of the Canadian North Woods, where the bark canoe played the key role in opening up the wilderness. He discusses as well the differing types of bark canoes, whose construction varied from tribe to tribe, according to custom and available materials. In a style as pure and as effortless as the waters of Maine and the glide of a canoe, John McPhee has written one of his most fascinating books, one in which his talents as a journalist are on brilliant display. John McPheeis the author of more than 25 books, includingAnnals of the Former World, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction in 1999. He has been a staff writer atThe New Yorkersince 1965 and lives in Princeton, New Jersey. McPhee'sEncounters with the ArchdruidandThe Curve of Binding Energywere both nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. In Greenville, New Hampshire, a small town in the southern part of the state, Henri Vaillancourt makes birch-bark canoes in the same manner and with the same tools that the Indians used.The Survival of the Bark Canoeis the story of this ancient craft and of a 150-mile trip through the Maine woods in those graceful survivors of a prehistoric technology. It is a book squarely in the tradition of one written by the first touri

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