A canoe’s name is very important. Some are clan crest names, which are passed down from canoe to canoe over time. Some carvers commemorated the number of canoes they had made calling their canoe: No. 5, 6, etc. At other times the canoe was named for the community it represented. Then there was the mysteriously named the "?". Other canoes were named after animals or birds such as the Bluebird. Still others, for the characteristics of the canoe itself: for example, Dancing canoe or Lazy canoe. A winning canoe’s name was passed on from canoe to canoe, imparting the new canoe with the power and winning ways of its ancestor.
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The Canadian Canoe Museum; The Elliott Avedon Museum and Archive of Games; Musée des Abénakis; Museum of Anthropology; St. Boniface Museum; Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian; Woodland Cultural Centre; Sport Canada; 2002 North American Indigenous Games Host Society; North American Indigenous Games Council; Aboriginal Sport Circle

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