The origins of the birch bark canoe have been lost to legends over the centuries, however, the art of creating the canoe is kept alive by men like Matthew Bernard and his son Mike. Dan Sarazin and his son Stanley. His wife Jacqueline Sarazin and his two sons Greg and Tom, including Percy Commanda and Dave Sarazin.
These people are members of the Algonquin of Pikwakanagan Band of the Golden Lake First Nation Reserve, who follow in the footsteps of countless other Algonquin canoe builders before them. They all have a common goal of preserving and teaching the traditional skills of canoe building, that will hopefully endure the passage of time.
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Pikwakanagan Indian Reserve, Golden Lake, Ontario