June 30, 2016
“As our Path of the Paddle Exhibit prepares for a soft opening on July 1st [Grand Opening to coincide with the Northern Hardware Canoe Race on July 10th] we have begun work on a Dugout Canoe Project,” said Tracy Calogheros, CEO of the Exploration Place. “We are really excited to have commissioned Robert Frederick to carve this canoe for us, at the same time as he passes down some of his own traditional knowledge.”
Robert will be working at various times outside the staff entrance to the Museum throughout the month of July (adjacent to the main parking lot) as he shapes this massive log. He is eager to share his knowledge with the public as well as with his carving team so please approach him with your questions if you are in the area. It is also possible that others could volunteer to assist with the carving and anyone interested should speak to Robert while he is working. Hours of work will vary, and will be weather permitting, so please call the Museum at 250 562-1612 to make sure the work is underway if you are making a trip down to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park just for the Dug Out Project.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t offer a huge thank you to Fortwood Homes” added Calogheros, “for the log itself, for their time and expertise in the felling and transportation of the giant 10,000 lb Cottonwood Log, as well as to Archer CRM for their assistance with this monumental project. Who knew a log could weigh THAT much?”
While some of the initial shaping will be done on Thursday June 30th by chainsaw (to allow us to move the log into place for carving) the main work will get underway on Canada Day. The finished work will be accessioned into the Museum’s permanent collection. “We only very rarely purchase items for our collection.” says Calogheros, “This is an excellent opportunity for traditional teaching of cultural knowledge and the Dugout will form a key component of our upcoming renovation to our First Nations Gallery in the Ted Williams History Hall.”