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Accession number 1998.73
Catalog Number 1998.73.1
Object Name Canoe
Description "Bingo Hall" Canoe: large wood canoe, with a hole in one end (for docking purposes?).

In 2012 Chairman James E. Billie told Pedro Zepeda that this canoe was made by Annie Tommie of Tampa and might have been molded at Coo-Taun-Cho-Bee. January 29, 2012 Darcy MacMahon thought it might have been made by Henry John Billie because of his signature shoulder where the canoe starts to widen. Also in 2012, while on a behind the scenes tour, Patsy West said she was involved in covering the canoe in fiberglass and making molds of it.

The sides average 1 inch in thickness while the base averages 1.5 to 2 inches in thickness. The canoe was carved from a single cypress log by a skilled builder. Has a shaped prow and stern. Based on extensive repairs, it was kept in service for some time. some cracks have been filled in with some type of caulking, possible pine resin or epoxy. Staples and nails have also been replaced with separate pieces of cypress, dove-tailed into the original body. The interior base of the canoe was apparently fiberglassed at a later date but much of this fiberglass patching has worn off or been removed. Both the interior and exterior show evidence of having been painted with a blueish-green paint. The exterior keel may once have been patched or sheeted with copper or lead sheeting based on tack hole patterns seen.

See Condition Report/Conservation Proposal and Observations attached in Multimedia links. See Accession file for the photographs that accompanied the Condition report.
Artist Henry John Billie? (see provenance)
Dimensions H-2 W-3.5 L-28.417 feet
Collection Wooden Objects
Imagefile 022\20082113.JPG