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Exhibition Details

Exhibition Name:

Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas


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Dugout Canoes is an object-rich and interactive exhibition featuring American dugouts from ancient times to present. Find out how dugout canoes have affected life and travel throughout the Americas, from Florida to the Amazon and the Pacific. Discover the world's largest archaeological find - 101 ancient dugouts and how scientists study dugouts from the past. Learn how the dugout tradition is alive and well in Native communities today.

Exhibition Highlights

  • Museum Artifacts - More than 100 unique objects, including an ancient Florida canoe, a contemporary dugout from the Pacific Northwest, canoe paddles and model canoes from across the Americas, fishing equipment, canoe-making tools and more.
  • Hands-On Interactives - Be an archaeologist at an ancient canoe discovery site. Use a microscope to identify wood types. Discover objects from ancient canoe cultures. Touch trade materials and model canoes. Create a rubbing from a sacred Maya engraving. Design your own paddle. Climb into a real dugout.
  • Media Components - Four short films showcase the making of a canoe, canoe science, the world's largest find of ancient dugouts, and the traditional Native American Canoe Journey.
  • Large-Format Graphics - Numerous large-format historic engravings, photo backdrops and bilingual interpretive panels.
Category: Anthropology & Culture
Primarily Consists Of: Objects, 3-Dimensional (in cases/vitrines)
Cost: Call for details
Size: 3000 - 4000 ft2
Venue Length: 12-14 weeks
Availability: Fall 2017 and beyond
Special Requirements: Climate Control; Moderate security
Previous Venues:
  • Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL
  • Elliot Museum, Stuart, FL
  • Chickasaw Cultural Center, Sulphur, OK
  • Government House, St. Augustine, FL
Organization: Florida Museum of Natural History
Contact: Tom Kyne
Address: PO BOX 112710, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32601-2710 USA
Phone: (352) 273-2077
Fax: 352.846.0253
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