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Title: Bailer

Date: early 20th century

Creator: Unknown

Additional Creator Information: Coast Salish

Medium: cedar bark, cedar wood, fish cord

Canoes were used to travel along the coast, as well as up the many inlets and rivers. Water always spilled into the vessels so it was important to bail the water to keep the boat afloat and the paddlers dry.

Can you see the cord that ties the bailer together? This is the same type of cord that was woven into gill nets used in commercial fishing. There are no metal parts in this bailer.

Collection Area: Native North America

Rights Holder: Collection of Glenbow Museum

Catalogue No: AA 1317

Image No: P0016942

Learn More:
This artifact can be used in conjunction with The Coast Salish: Connecting Art, Environment and Tradition education guide from the online teacher's resource series 21st Century Learning: Links to Our Collection.


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