Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dugout canoe among artifacts on view in re-opening of indigenouscultures exhibits at Louisiana State Exhibit Museum on Sat, Oct 20,noon to 4 pm

Dugout Canoe by Sipolandis
Dugout Canoe, a photo by Sipolandis on Flickr.

The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum's most exciting feature may be the Caddo Culture dugout, a 1,000 year old vessel carved from a single Bald Cypress tree, says Wayne Waddell.

Discovered in the banks of Red River, the dugout measures almost thirty-one feet in length.

That sight and more will be celebrated Sat, Oct 20, noon to 4 pm as the LSEM re-opens the Clarence Webb Galleries.

There will be hands-on demonstrations on tool making by the Chipalottas and gallery talks with archaeologists. There will also be a video telling the story of how the dugout came to the museum.

Phil Cross, member of the Caddo Nation who is an expert in working with wood, will relate his experience making bows and dugouts.

The exhibit will be on display during regular museum hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The museum is located at 3015 Greenwood Road, between Hearne and Jewella Streets.


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