Mark Fischer Catalog - page 18

Mark Fischer
August 2015
Page 17
The Iroquois made canoes from the bark of the oak and
the red elm. The bark of the oak was considered more
lasting. After the rough outside had been removed from
the large slabs of bark, they were smoothed and soaked,
then stitched to a frame of ash or hickory with
basswood fiber or splint. Narrow strips of ash, to serve
ass ribs, were set across the bottom of the canoe, about
a foot apart. The edges of these ribs were tuned up and
secured under the rim of the canoe. Each end of the
canoe was finished with a vertical prow. Iroquois
canoes varied in size from twelve feet, to carry two men,
up to forty feet with the capacity for thirty men. In
earlier days, the bark canoe was extensively used in the
fur trade.
36” x 75”
Medium (on stone)
25” x 50”
How their customs were in the olden days…there were
different ways to confirm a marriage. One was the man who
wanted to get married would drag a pole and the one woman
who steps on the pole will go to the river (creek) and he will
take her by the hand. If they fall, then he will have to drag his
pole again.
Told by Thomas Baird to Andrew Beechtree
Transcribed and tapped by Maria Hinton
Garden Sculpture
76” x 34”
1...,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17 19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,...36
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