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Northwest Coast Canoes Bibliography

Northwest Coast people are known for their magnificent carved cedar canoes, the major mode of transportation in this area before the arrival of motorized vessels. Today many new canoes are being carved and paddled to celebrations throughout the Northwest Coast. 

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Arima, Eugene
  1975 A Report on a West Coast Whaling Canoe Reconstructed at Port Renfrew, B.C. Ottawa: National Historic Parks and Sites Branch, Parks Canada, Dpet. of Indian and Northern Affairs.
Carlson, Barry and Thom Hess
  1978 "Canoe Names in the Northwest, An Areal Study," Northwest Anthropological Research Notes, 12 (1).
Dewhirst, John
  1967 The Salish Racing Canoe. B.A. Honors Thesis, University of British Columbia.
Durham, Bill
  1955 "Canoes from Cedar Logs: A Study of Early Types and Designs, " Pacific Northwest Quarterly, 46 (2): 33-39.
  1960 Canoes and Kayaks of Western America. Seattle: Copper Canoe Press.
Hamilton, Gordon
  1980 "War Canoe Races Still Excite Coast Indians," Canadian Geographic, 2 (4): 38-45.
Holm, Bill 
  1961 "Carving a Kwakiutl Canoe," The Beaver, Summer.
  1987 "The Head Canoe, " in Peter Corey (ed), Faces, Voices and Dreams: A Celebration of the Centennial of the Sheldon Jackson Museum. Juneau: Division of Alaska State Museums and Friends of the Alaska State Museum: 143-155.
  1991 "Historical Salish Canoes," in Robin K. Wright (ed), A Time of Gathering: Native Heritage in Washington State. Seattle: Burke Museum and University of Washington Press: 238-247.
Lincoln, Leslie
  1984 A Study of the Pacific Northwest Coast Native Sea-going Cedar Canoes. Seattle: Leslie Lincoln.
  1985 "The Quest for Native Canoes," Nor'westing 21 (1) November: 32-39.
  1989 Native American Canoes: Paddle to Seattle, Washington State Centennial. Shelton: 
Thomas Printing
  1990 Paddle to Seattle: A Native Washington Movement to "Bring Them Canoes Back Home." M.A. Thesis, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of British Columbia.
  1992 Cedar Canoes of the Coast Salish Indians. Seattle: Center for Wooden Boats.
Neel, David
  1995 The Great Canoes: Reviving a Northwest Coast Tradition. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
Oliver, Emmett
  1991 "Reminiscences of a Canoe Puller," in Robin K. Wright (ed), A Time of Gathering: Native Heritage in Washington State. Seattle: Burke Museum and University of Washington Press: 248-253.
Olson, Ronald
  1927 Adze, Canoe, and House Types of the Northwest Coast. Seattle: University of Washington Press. 
Roberts, Kenneth and Philip Shackleton
  1983 The Canoe: A History of the Craft from Panama to the Arctic. Camden: International Marine Publishing Company.
Waterman, T. T.
  1920 The Whaling Equipment of the Makah Indians, University of Washington Publications in Anthropology 1: 1-67.
Watermann, T.T. and Geraldine Coffin
  1920 Types of Canoes on Puget Sound. New York: Museum of the American Indian-Heye Foundation.