Saturday, April 29, 2006

Deer Head and Heart

Chinook canoes were made by the Chinook Tribe of Native Americans who lived at the mouth of the Columbia River. These large and sturdy craft were considered a part of the family and were given great respect. The bow of the canoe is always formed into the head of a deer and a small block of charcoal covered wood is the 'heart' of the canoe. No angry words or conflict is allowed on this craft and is considered a great form of disrespect. If such contention takes place, the offending parties are paddled to the side of the river and are set ashore to find another way to their destination.

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