Canoes, dug out from cedar logs, were integral to the life of the Salish. As Coastal and riverine dwellers, the waterways were their highways and their main sources of nourishment. With canoes, people were able to set their traps and nets and troll for fish. They were also able to hunt for sea mammals. Canoes were used for the transportation of families and large quantities of goods to and from hunting grounds, for trade, to visit friends and relatives and on raids. Life without canoes was unimaginable.
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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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