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UNBC course revives Dakelh First Nation canoe carving

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This piece of public art designed by Robert Frederick and Jennifer Annaïs Pighin depicts a traditional dugout canoe. Now Frederick and Pighin are teaching UNBC students how to create actual cottonwood canoes. (photo by Andrew Kurjata)


A special course at the University of Northern British Columbia is reviving a Dakelh First Nation tradition. It's been fifty years since a traditionally carved cottonwood canoe sailed the Fraser River. Now, students at UNBC are being taught the skills by elder Robert Frederick. Marissa Harvey brings us the story.

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